Labor commissioner spends time in detox

By Augie Frost, Ed Godfrey and Nolan Clay Modified: February 19, 2008 at 8:39 am •  Published: February 19, 2008

State Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields was taken to Oklahoma City's detox center after he was suspected of stealing a professional bull rider's guitar at a party Saturday night, The Oklahoman has learned.

Fields, a Democrat, was allegedly drunk but was not arrested and is not charged.

Oklahoma City police did not fill out an incident report and refused Monday to identify Fields by name.

The former state representative could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts over two days. He was elected labor commissioner in 2006.

Fields, 50, was at an "after party" — an event that followed Saturday night's competition at the Professional Bull Riders Inc. Copenhagen Challenger Tour Championship, a PBR spokeswoman said Sunday. The after party was at the Cox Convention Center.

Fields was suspected of stealing bull rider Colby Yates' guitar and was stopped by PBR staff, PBR marketing manager Jodie Edmonds said. He then was turned over to off-duty Oklahoma City police officers who were working the door.

"A couple of guys who work for us took him to the ground," Edmonds said.

On Monday, PBR officials declined to comment further,

Yates said Monday he had left a friend's expensive Taylor guitar on stage after playing and was mingling with others at the party.

"Somebody came and got me and said, 'Hey, somebody ... got your guitar.' The cops had him over there so I went over there and got the guitar back," Yates said. "I was supposed to be looking after it and I guess I didn't do a good job."

Fields was taken to the Public Inebriate Alternative center north of Bricktown and stayed about 10 hours, said an official familiar with his stay.

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