JAY — A Colcord City Council member said Colcord’s police chief, who was arrested on a drunken driving complaint Sunday, also injured him with a patrol car while intoxicated.
Lenden Woodruff, 57, was arrested in his Colcord police car near his Colcord residence about noon Sunday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Earlier reports incorrectly stated that the arrest occurred around midnight.
Woodruff appeared in Delaware County District Court on Monday and was arraigned on a drunken driving citation issued by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. His bail was set at $2,000.
Colcord city officials said Woodruff, who has served two stints with the community as a law enforcement officer, has not been suspended because the incident remains under investigation.
In a related matter, City Councilor Cody Gibby told the Tulsa World that he sustained injuries to his lower spine and leg and knee ligaments after Woodruff repeatedly bumped him with a patrol car while he was trying to prevent the chief from driving home while intoxicated.
“I got a (telephone) call by a convenience store clerk near Flint saying he (Woodruff) was drunk and we needed to get him off the road,” Gibby said.
When Gibby caught up with Woodruff, he said he saw the police chief holding a can of beer.
“I pulled him over and was trying to get the car keys,” Gibby said.
After a heated verbal exchange between the two men, Gibby stood in front of Woodruff’s patrol car, saying, “You are not driving a city car home while drunk.”
Gibby said Woodruff repeatedly bumped him with his patrol car, hitting the councilor’s leg.
During the exchange, Gibby said, he called the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and requested that it send an OHP trooper.
“He (Woodruff) drove about two miles to his house, and I blocked him in until troopers arrived,” Gibby said.
The arrest marks Woodruff’s third alcohol-related brush with law enforcement in Delaware County.
In 2004, he pleaded guilty to charges of DUI and carrying an open container. He was arrested for DUI again in 2008.
Colcord, with about 300 residents, is 80 miles east of Tulsa.