Oklahoma police chief injures city official trying to stop him from driving patrol car drunk
An Oklahoma police chief is accused of repeatedly running into a city official who was attempting to stop him from driving his patrol car while intoxicated.
Lenden Woodruff, chief of Colcord police, was arrested about noon Sunday on drunken driving charges after the incident outside a convenience store in Flint.
A clerk called City Councilor Cody Gibby to report the chief was drunk and should not be driving, and the elected official said Woodruff was holding a can of beer when he arrived.
The two men argued as Gibby tried to wrestle the keys to the patrol car away from Woodruff, who state troopers said struck the city councilor several times as he attempted to drive away.
Gibby suffered injuries to his knee ligaments and lower spine in the incident.
The city councilor followed the police chief about two miles to his home, where he blocked Woodruff’s car in the driveway and called Highway Patrol officers – who issued a drunken driving citation.
Woodruff previously pleaded guilty to DUI and open container charges in 2004, when he was Delaware County sheriff and had been driving an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.
He was arrested for drunken driving again in 2008, when he was also charged with carrying a firearm while intoxicated.
City council members said they had been hearing the police chief frequently bought beer while driving his patrol car.
Woodruff has not been suspended because the incident remains under investigation.
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