Barnsdall police chief involved in rollover accident; alcohol believed to be involved
BY LOUISE RED CORN World Correspondent
Friday, October 05, 2012
Barnsdall police chief Matt Clark was involved in a rollover truck accident early Friday in Bartlesville, and police there say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
According to Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings, Clark was traveling on Frank Phillips Boulevard at 3:30 a.m. Friday when the accident occurred. A Bartlesville officer drove up to the scene of the accident, saw a truck upside down at the side of the road and found Clark, 25, trapped inside, he said.
Clark was removed using the Jaws of Life and was taken by ambulance to Jane Phillips Hospital. No other cars were involved.
Hastings said alcohol is believed to be involved and Clark was given a blood test.
The police report gives no indication of what Clark’s injuries or how serious they were.
Barnsdall Mayor J.D. Cole also didn't know the extent of Clark's injuries but said the Washington County District Attorney is involved in the case and that more information should be available later today.
The accident report should be available early next week, Hastings said.
Clark has been police chief since December 2011. He replaced Paul Didlake, who quit after declaring that the city council was largely populated by "knotheads." Clark formerly worked as a deputy sheriff and jailer in Osage County.
Clark left the sheriff's office after the Washington County Sheriff's Office was called to his home at 3:15 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011 -- a month before he was hired by Barnsdall -- on a report of domestic violence in which a woman suffered a minor knee injury.
No charges were ever filed by the District Attorney in that case, though the Washington County Sheriff's Office did refer the case over for prosecution, records show.
Barnsdall police chief Matt Clark