The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) confirmed that an Oklahoma State Trooper was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a collision involving a patrol vehicle and boat on Thursday (July 3).
The accident occurred in Sequoyah County at approximately 4:30 p.m. The accident happened approximately one mile west of U.S. 59 on Applegate Cove Road south of Sallisaw, according to a news release.
State troopers arrived to find an accident involving a marked OHP sport utility vehicle towing a patrol vessel being driven by trooper Joshua Davies, the release states.
Davies “showed signs of intoxication” and was immediately arrested on suspicion of DUI by troopers on the scene. He took a breath test and registered [three times] over the legal limit, according to the release.
His blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent at the time of arrest, the release states.
“It is an emotionally draining situation when an officer finds himself in a position that he must arrest one of his own. Our troopers displayed professionalism in administering their duties during this unfortunate event,” stated Chief of Patrol Col. Ricky Adams.
He continued, “This individual was immediately arrested by state troopers on the scene and charged with DUI in compliance with state statute. This type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstance.”
Davies was booked at the Sallisaw Police Department, and he has been with OHP for eight years. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, the release states.