Local & Regional
Thu June 11, 2009
Scuffle Trooper on Leave
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper involved in a scuffle with a Creek Nation paramedic has been placed on administrative leave.
OHP Capt. Chris West says Trooper Daniel Martin was put on paid administrative leave June 1 while the patrol's internal affairs investigates the May 24 incident.
The confrontation occurred after Martin pulled over the ambulance, which was taking a woman to the hospital in Prague. The trooper says he was upset that the ambulance did not yield as he responded to an emergency call.
Martin and paramedic Maurice White Jr. scuffled after the traffic stop, but White wasn't arrested. Prosecutors say they don't intend to charge either man.
The Highway Patrol has refused to release video from the trooper's dashboard camera.