The state parks office confirmed 43 year-old driving a state park vehicle was Daniel Kenney, a park ranger.
According to investigators, Thursday afternoon around 2:00pm Kenney was driving West on Oro Dam Boulevard when, for some reason, he veered off to the opposite side of the road, crashed through a speed limit sign, and hit a parked car head on. Both cars then plowed into a power pole, shearing it in half.
The Ranger then turned left into an abandoned-looking gas station, where he drove around and pulled out around the other cars. At this point his window was smashed and the mirror broken off.
He then leaves the scene for what highway patrol press release described as "an unknown reason."
According to that press release, Kenney was stopped a short distance later by Oroville police, put in handcuffs, and transported to the local CHP office.
A drug recognition expert determined Kenney was not under the influence, and he was released to state park supervisors and taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
In its press release the CHP stated it is conducting a thorough investigation, but the actual cause of the crash is still unknown.
CHP officers on the scene said they could not go on camera for an interview, and it was the state parks office that confirmed for us that Daniel Kenney is, indeed, a state parks ranger.
1,128 people lost power because of the crash.
PG&E said crews will be there until 2:00 am replacing the pole, but power for nearly all of those customers has since been restored.