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OHP trooper gets 5-day suspension

RON JACKSON Modified: July 23, 2009 at 8:29 am •  Published: July 23, 2009

/> In a release distributed at the press conference Wednesday, the state Department of Public Safety determined that Martin did in fact possess probable cause to make the traffic stop and had justification to arrest the paramedic for obstructing a police officer. But the situation could have been handled differently, according to the release.

Martin was criticized for his demeanor and language, which was "contrary to what is expected of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.” His actions were "conduct unbecoming an officer,” the release said.

James said that within the OHP there was a "difference of opinion” as to Martin’s actions that day on U.S. 62 in Okfuskee County near Paden.

James said "essentially my client has been exonerated. I have full confidence that the agency didn’t feel any pressure from the media or the public to hand down a suspension.”

White in his lawsuit is seeking in excess of $10,000 for compensatory and punitive damages from Martin, the only party listed on the lawsuit.