SALLISAW — A state trooper was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol while towing a patrol boat, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Monday.
Trooper Joshua Davies, 33, of Cameron, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Thursday while using a marked patrol sport utility vehicle to tow a patrol boat, according to an arrest report from Sallisaw police.
Troopers received reports of a single-vehicle wreck near Sallisaw involving a highway patrol vehicle and boat about three quarters of a mile west of U.S. 59 on Applegate Cove Road.
Troopers arrived to find a wreck involving the marked patrol SUV driven by Davies, who showed signs of intoxication andwas administered a routine state breath test. He was immediately arrested, a news release from the highway patrol states.
Davies recorded a 0.26 percent blood-alcohol content score, according to the arrest report. The legal limit in Oklahoma is 0.08.
Davies was booked into Sallisaw city jail Thursday, and bail was set at $4,000. He was released from jail the same day for a court-ordered mental evaluation, the report states.
Davies has been with the OHP for eight years and has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, the patrol reported.
The investigation is unique in that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating both the criminal complaints and the policy violations against Davies, highway patrol Capt. George Brown said.
“Trooper Davies is afforded due process and we will conduct a thorough investigation, but at this point, it is too early to speculate on what could happen,” Brown said.
In a statement, Chief of Patrol Col. Ricky Adams wrote:
“It is an emotionally draining situation when an officer finds himself in a position that he must arrest one of his own. Our Troopers displayed professionalism in administering their duties during this unfortunate event. This individual was immediately arrested by state troopers on the scene and charged with DUI in compliance with state statute. This type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstance.”
Davies could face termination because of the arrest.