Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper cites gesture in report on scuffle

MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Modified: June 2, 2009 at 12:21 am •  Published: June 2, 2009
at sparked the first of two scuffles as Martin said he tried to arrest White but the paramedic threw up his arms to resist the arrest.

The trooper said only when White got back into the ambulance was he able to speak with Franks. Martin said Franks assured him he did not give the trooper the gesture and apologized for not yielding.

The trooper then walked back to the ambulance and tried to tell White he would be arrested once he arrived at the hospital. White was wanting to file charges against the trooper on an allegation of assaulting a paramedic.

Another scuffle ensued, and Martin said White grabbed him around the neck, refusing to let go. Martin said he applied a choke hold on White’s neck to release the grip.

With White calmed, Martin said he told the paramedics to go to the hospital and he would follow.

Martin blamed White for the episode, claiming that if he were allowed to speak with Franks uninterrupted, none of it would have happened.

Franks was ultimately given a written warning for failure to yield.

White was not arrested.

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