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OHP trooper threatened suicide, ran from authorities before being arrested, records show

By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World Modified: July 10, 2014 at 6:12 am •  Published: July 10, 2014

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested last week for DUI after a single-vehicle, on-duty crash threatened to kill himself and had to be wrestled to the ground by other troopers prior to his arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday.

Joshua Eli Davies, 33, was arrested July 3 following the crash, which occurred near U.S. 59 south of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County. The probable cause affidavit for Davies’ arrest was released Wednesday by the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s Office, which charged him with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Davies is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation. A first-time misdemeanor DUI conviction carries a fine of up to $1,000, and up to a year in jail, though the sentence can be deferred, which could result in no conviction or suspended jail time.

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