CHP chief no longer employed by Highway Patrol after assaulting truck driver

Todd Garr, a former CHP Assistant Chief who was caught on camera assaulting a truck driver while off duty, is no longer working for California Highway Patrol.

The original incident occurred July 14, 2017 in Redding, California.

Vipond’s dash-cam video shows Garr and Asnicar yelling at Kenneth McFall while hanging onto the side of McFall’s Cross Petroleum big rig. In an act of self defense, McFall hits Garr, knocking him backwards to the ground. Vipond released a statement.

“I saw a white SUV parked in front of a tanker trailer, and I saw the first person of interest on the steps arguing with the driver,” Vipond said. “He appeared to have been struck in the mouth and fell backwards.”

Forty-nine year-old Garr was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor battery. Last February, his lawyer pleaded not guilty on Garr’s behalf to all charges.

His passenger, Paul Anthony Asnicar, 51, was charged with battery against the truck driver in the same case.

Cross Petroleum Vice President Jimm Cross was sure to let everyone know that he has his employee’s back.

“We are very supportive of our driver that the way he reacted in this situation protecting himself, getting the vehicle away to a safe public place,” Cross said.

Garr’s CHP employment ended April 17, 2018 for non-disclosed reasons. It isn’t clear whether his employment was terminated in relation to the road rage incident.