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New Oakland police chief takes out parked scooter, goes through ‘traffic investigation process’

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March 07–OAKLAND — A new Oakland resident — er, the police chief — was involved in an incident familiar to many in her new city: a fender bender on Broadway.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, in her first week on the job, backed a patrol car into a parked scooter on Friday morning in the 800 block of Broadway, near police headquarters, police spokesman Officer Marco Marquez said.

No one was on the scooter at the time and there were no injuries. The scooter had minor damage, Marquez said.

“A report was taken, the chief gave a statement and went through the traffic investigation process as would any city employee,” the spokesman wrote in an email.

While chief of police in Spokane, Wash., Kirkpatrick was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy for going 13 miles over the speed limit. She told KHQ news she was driving in her personal car to have a picnic and fish when she saw the flashing lights.

“I said, ‘you gotta write me the ticket,” the chief said in the news report. The next day, “I took another little Sunday drive … I was driving just like this (her hands at ’10 and 2’ on the steering wheel), like a grandmother and everybody was passing me.”

Watch the news video here. Kirkpatrick, who began as Oakland chief on Feb. 27, is living in downtown Oakland.

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