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Did man's deafness spur altercation with OHP troopers?

By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World Modified: January 16, 2014 at 5:48 am •  Published: January 16, 2014

A local community outreach organization is collecting funds for a deaf Oklahoma City man who was injured in a confrontation with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

Pearl Pearson was arrested Jan. 3 after leaving the scene of a "minor crash," according to an affidavit filed in Oklahoma County. Pearson, 64, reportedly left the scene in his vehicle and was pulled over by troopers not long afterward.

The affidavit states that a "physical altercation ensued for approximately seven minutes." Pearson was later treated at an Oklahoma City hospital and then booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

Pearson has not been charged with a crime, and the two troopers involved — Eric Foster, who arrested Pearson, and Kelton Hayes — have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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