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Folsom K9 cop off the force

By: Brad Smith, Telegraph Correspondent
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A nine-year veteran of the Folsom Police Department is no longer wearing a badge. Officer Jason Browning, with the department, told the Folsom Telegraph that Evan Fardanesh, 34, is no longer on the Folsom Police force. According to California’s Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, Browning said there wasn’t much else the department could say. Fardanesh’s departure comes after an incident that happened on May 3 of this year. Early that morning, police received a call from a customer at a restaurant located along the 25000 block of Blue Ravine Road. The caller said he’d just been assaulted by an intoxicated off-duty cop. The caller also said he’d placed the off-duty cop under citizen’s arrest for that assault, according to Browning. By the time officers had arrived at the restaurant, they found Fardanesh attempting to leave the parking lot. Fardanesh’s blood-alcohol content was .19 – twice the legal limit of .08, according to reports at the time. The victim refused medical treatment. While Fardanesh was technically arrested, he was released into the custody of another responsible individual and not booked into jail. According to officials at the department at the time, officers have the right to release someone to another party if they meet certain criteria. Fardanesh was charged with assault and driving under the influence as well as another charge of attempting to operate a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent. Fardanesh, who was serving as a K9 officer at the time of his arrest, was placed on paid administrative leave. The Sacramento County District Attorney and the Folsom police conducted their own investigations into the matter. Court records show that Fardanesh was arraigned on June 1. On July 10, he pleaded no contest to the charge of driving under the influence and the other charges were dismissed. Fardanesh was sentenced to three years of informal probation and had to serve for more than 48 hours in the Sacramento Sheriff’s work program. Court records indicate that Fardanesh has to appear in court on Oct. 30, for “further proceedings.” Even though Fardanesh isn’t an active duty peace officer, he’s still under the protection of the procedural bill of rights. Neither the Folsom Police Department nor the District Attorney’s Office will comment on his case.