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Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy accused of public intoxication at Journey concert in Yuba County

A 26-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spent several hours in Yuba County jail last week after he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication while attending a concert at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland.

Walter Chetner, 49, was taken into custody during Friday night’s Journey concert after trying to enter a seating section for which he did not have the appropriate ticket, said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.

Johnson said amphitheater staff members requested the assistance of Yuba County deputies assigned to the event after Chetner reportedly became argumentative. By the time deputies arrived, amphitheater staff members had decided they wanted Chetner ejected from the venue, and Johnson said Chetner continued to be belligerent and disruptive with deputies.

“Our officers could tell that he was intoxicated to the point that he could not care for his own safety,” Johnson said.

Chetner was booked into Yuba County jail, Johnson said, and released about 5 a.m.

Johnson said the Sheriff’s Department does not test for blood-alcohol content in public intoxication cases because, unlike driving under the influence, there is no legal limit for the offense. Arrests in such cases are based on the person’s behavior.

Chetner faces no criminal charges or fines. He will not appear in court since public intoxication cases are not filed with the District Attorney’s Office, Johnson said.

Sacramento County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman confirmed that Chetner is a 26-year Sheriff’s Department employee and is a sergeant assigned to security services.

She said he was not placed on administrative leave because the allegations do not fall under the department’s guidelines for suspension of peace officer powers. She said he will be the subject of an administrative investigation concerning his conduct and any violations of department policy or procedures.