Kern County DA: No domestic violence charges against Tulare police chief

The Fresno BeeMarch 27, 2014 

The Kern County District Attorney's Office will not file charges against Tulare police Chief Jerry Breckinridge, who was arrested March 16 on domestic violence charges.

Breckinridge, 47, was arrested after his girlfriend, who was not named, reportedly made a complaint to law enforcement about a domestic violence incident the day before. He was booked and released on bail. Breckinridge remained on the job during the investigation.

Supervising Kern County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Allen said that as far as her office is concerned, the case is closed.

Tulare County prosecutors passed the case on to Kern County because a "senior member of the Tulare DA's office" received a phone call from "the reporting party" who alleged that a domestic violence incident took place, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fulz said.

Before that, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office called the California Attorney General's Office, which declined to take the case. Kern County agreed to review it under a standing agreement between the two offices.

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