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Woman creates scare at Sharpe Depot

A woman in her mid-20s stands handcuffed with a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) police officer after being decontaminated in the white tent to the left along with three DLA officers.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED May 1, 2013 2:10 a.m.

A woman motorist detained at the front gate of the Sharpe Army Depot without identification set off what was quickly labeled a multi-casualty incident (MCI) when investigating officers developed immediate hand irritations when they searched her white Suburban SUV.

Fire units responded from Lathrop, Tracy, Manteca, Ripon, the Defense Logistics Agency Fire Department and the San Joaquin County Emergency Services for the HAZMAT – hazardous materials response.

The emergency responders parked their vehicles along the outside perimeter of the depot with two ambulances that were called to the scene at 700 Roth Road as heavy commercial truck traffic lumbered by the scene.

HAZMAT officers is white suits and using oxygen masks worked as a team searching the vehicle for any toxic material it might contain at its parking place in front of the depot.

Three police officers and the detained woman were eventually put though a white hazmat tent in the parking lot where they were decontaminated of any chemicals they may have contacted on their clothing that they discarded in the process.  The woman in her mid-20s was escorted to the back of the tented structure in handcuffs.

While the early fire call reported four delayed patients, only two were seen placed in the two ambulances and transported to area hospitals – one officer and the woman motorist.

Defense Depot public information officer Annette Silva said the vehicle and its contents were analyzed, reporting that no toxins were located.  She added that the woman could not give any reason for wanting to enter the federal facility.

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