You never know where the job will take you or what you will see, and Thursday evening served as an example of that when Dallas Braden showed up at the scene of a car crash.
A call for a fatal collision at Country Club Boulevard and Pershing Avenue came over the scanner after 6 p.m. and I bolted to the scene. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Sometimes what is communicated over the scanner and what actually happened are two entirely different things. This was one of those cases.
I was about to wrap it up and head back to the office when I noticed the local celebrity at the scene.
It was Braden, who graduated from Stagg High School and pitched for the Oakland Athletics before a series of shoulder injuries sidelined him. He’s currently rehabbing but may not be back on his mound for quite some time. Rotator cuff injuries are potential career-enders and his future is in jeopardy.
However, even if he never throws another pitch, his perfect game ensures his place in baseball history.
He appeared irate because of damage to his Cadillac CTS. The driver’s side door had a sizable dent in it and Braden could be heard telling authorities someone had recently kicked it.
Apparently he was trying to follow that person and flagged down officers responding to the crash at Pershing Avenue and Country Club Boulevard in an effort to get their help.
He seemed unsettled that more couldn’t be done for him. He left the area before I could talk to him.
About 8:30 p.m., Braden tweeted his displeasure with the Stockton Police Department.
“Stockton PD,today U make me ashamed 4 the 1st time in my life to be a stocktonian. It’s the wildwest out here & the boys N blue R outgunned”
I’m not sure what sparked the damage to Braden’s car but I understand his frustration with the situation. However, the crime committed against him is something Stockton police have publicly said they don’t have the resources to make a priority at this time.
They, along with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, were checking on a potentially serious accident.
Exceptions can’t and shouldn’t be made for people just because they are in the spotlight.
It is just the situation the city is in right now. No one is happy about it. I see it on a daily basis.
He’s going to have to file a report online and pay his deductible for repairs, just like if it happened to one of us.