OKEMAH — The ambulance driver who was at the heart of a traffic stop that led to a scuffle between a state trooper and a paramedic said he believes the trooper should be moved. In particular, Paul Franks said, trooper Daniel Martin should be sent to the Panhandle or southeastern Oklahoma. Though Martin lives north of Okemah and patrols the Okfuskee County area, he works for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop D, which is based in McAlester, the reputed capital of Little Dixie. Troop D covers Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer and Le Flore counties. On Wednesday, the patrol announced it had suspended Martin for five days without pay for "conduct unbecoming an officer” in connection with a May 24 traffic stop of a Creek Nation ambulance, driven by Franks. The suspension is in effect through Tuesday. Martin stopped the ambulance at Paden after he perceived that Franks had given him an obscene finger gesture, which the trooper felt was an "act of defiance.” Franks denied ever giving the trooper the finger. As Martin approached Franks at the stop, paramedic Maurice White Jr. exited the ambulance. White repeatedly told Martin that they were taking a woman to the hospital and asked if they could continue the dispute there. But Martin repeatedly told White to back off, and then tried twice to arrest White, leading to two scuffles between the pair. In its ruling on Martin, the patrol said the trooper had probable cause to stop the ambulance for failure to yield and was justified in trying to arrest White. However, the patrol said Martin should have handled the episode differently by allowing the ambulance to go to the hospital once he learned there was a patient on board. Prior to becoming an EMT, Franks, 48, said he operated a small convenience store in Okemah, and "I never had a bad dealing with an officer until then. Ever.” After the scuffles between Martin and White, the ambulance was allowed to continue to the hospital. White was never arrested, though Franks was given a warning for failure to yield. But Franks said he should never have received the warning, because the entire stop was built on the supposed finger gesture. Franks didn’t say whether he thinks the patrol went far enough in disciplining Martin. Pointing out that White has already filed a lawsuit against Martin in federal court, the saga will drag on for some time, Franks said. "I’ll probably be subpoenaed, past records will be called up, and things will get ugly,” Franks said.