Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Former Trooper Sentenced

A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw Friday for driving under the influence, carrying a firearm while intoxicated and transporting an open container of liquor.

Joshua Eli Davies, 34, was involved in a single-vehicle crash on July 3, 2014, on Applegate Cove Road, about one mile west of U.S. Highway 59, south of Sallisaw. Judge Matthew Orendorff gave Davies a two-year deferred sentence and ordered him to pay a $300 fine and $125 to the victims' compensation fund, plus court costs. He must also undergo a drug and alcohol assessment. Davies pleaded guilty to the three misdemeanors.

In the wreck last year, Davies crashed his vehicle and the OHP boat he was pulling, doing an estimated $65,000 in damages. He told responding OHP troopers that he had a blown-out tire, and later said he drank alcohol after the crash. He later admitted to drinking, then threatened to kill himself rather than go to jail, and attempted to run. He was chased and subdued by fellow OHP troopers. A breathalyzer test registered over the legal limit, according to the OHP report. Davies was an OHP trooper for eight years and was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. He resigned from the OHP on August 26, 2014.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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