The wife of Sheriff Patrick Hedges filed for legal separation March 24, two days after he moved out of their shared home carrying two suitcases, according to court records. Sandy Oneal-Hedges is seeking an unnamed amount of spousal support and compensation for legal fees; she also wants the house and the Mercedes. This is Patrick Hedges’ third marriage. They have been married three years.
Oneal-Hedges doesn’t list any reason for the split in the court papers, but says, “Due to his position of sheriff of the County of San Luis Obispo, I have refrained from detailing other issues in our marriage, however, I believe that good cause exists that I be given exclusive use of the residence … should [Patrick Hedges] come back to the house, this would be extremely unnerving ... ”
Deputies were called to the sheriff’s Paso Robles home Jan. 19, after Oneal-Hedges called 911 to report that he had become verbally abusive. No arrests were made and no investigation begun. A tape of that phone call has not been released. The sheriff did not respond to a New Times request for comment as of press time.