Local & Regional
Mon October 5, 2009
Trooper in Trouble
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Okla. trooper again accused of excessive force
HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma trooper previously suspended for fighting with an ambulance driver is on paid administrative leave after being accused of using excessive force.
Trooper Daniel Martin is accused of beating Khristopher Douglas of Holdenville. Douglas says he was at a friend's home helping with renovations Saturday when troopers pulled up to handle an apparent traffic stop.
Douglas says he was going inside when Martin demanded he come toward the street. Douglas says Martin grabbed his arm and began beating him when he questioned the order.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says Martin and another trooper were placed on paid leave during an investigation.
Martin served a five-day suspension for the May incident in which he grabbed a paramedic in a choke hold around the neck.
Information from: KWTV-TV, http://www.news9.com/