Hazardous materials incident at French Camp, April 30, 2013
FRENCH CAMP, CA - The detention of an unauthorized person at the Sharpe Army Depot led to the decontamination of police officers for a suspicious substance Tuesday afternoon.
According to Stacy Umstead, spokesperson for the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Joaquin, California (Sharpe), officers at the facility stopped a woman without valid identification who was trying to go onto the property. When officers checked her vehicle, a substance that caused irritation ended up on their hands.
The 27-year-old woman, who didn't want her name publicized, said she wasn't trying to drive onto the depot but was in a parking lot to meet her mother, an employee there, to deliver pizzas for a party. She said she didn't have her ID on her so they looked her name up and found she had a warrant. That was when they handcuffed her.
The woman claimed she had been court Tuesday morning to clear up the warrant issue.
A facility hazardous materials team (HAZMAT) responded and put the officers and the women through decontamination. The officers were taken to a local hospital to be examined, Umstead said.
The woman said she refused to go the hospital because she knew there wasn't anything wrong.
HAZMAT also went through the woman's SUV and reported not finding any toxins, Umstead said.
The public road in front of Sharpe, located at 700 E. Roth Road, was also closed as a precaution.
The woman said if she had been a threat, the pizza boxes she had should have been checked before they went into the building. She also maintained whatever caused the officer's hands to itch could have come from touching another car allowed on the grounds before hers.
She was eventually allowed to get her SUV and leave.
According to a government website, Sharpe handles storage, shipping, packaging, and maintenance of general supplies for the U.S. Department of Defense.