Two men are accused of re-creating a “Dukes of Hazzard” slide on a Midwest City police officer's patrol car. The entire incident was caught on the officer's dashcam, and police released that video Friday morning.
According to police, the incident happened last Saturday night while an officer was conducting a routine bar check at Henry Hudson's, located at 1851 S. Douglas Blvd. While the officer was inside the business, police said her patrol car was left unattended outside.
The officer was later dispatched to a disturbance call at a house in the 9700 block of N.E. 3rd Place at about 2 a.m. Sunday. At that home, 24-year-old Ronald James Ray of Wayne, Oklahoma, was arrested for assault and battery and public intoxication, according to police.
Just before ending her shift, during daylight, the officer said she noticed damage to the hood of her patrol car. The damage is estimated at $1,000.
According to police, the officer reviewed her in-car camera footage and found out that during the bar check at Henry Hudson's, two men jumped on the hood of the police car.
The video clearly shows one man in a yellow shirt jump on the hood from the passenger side and slide off. Another man in a camouflage shirt can then be seen jumping on the patrol car from the driver's side. The two and another woman then went inside the bar.
Ironically, the officer said she realized that the two suspects jumping on her patrol car were the same people involved in the disturbance on N.E. 3rd Place. Police then interviewed Ray, the man arrested during that disturbance.
Initially, Ray reportedly told police that he did not remember much from the night due to being intoxicated. However, after being confronted with the video, Ray said to police, “Ain't no fightin' that!”
Another man at the home where the disturbance took place, 24-year-old Anthony Wolford Jr. of Midwest City, also confessed to jumping on the hood of the patrol car. He reportedly said in a written statement, “I tried to ‘Dukes of Hazzard' on a patrol car at Henry Hudson's pub. That was all I did and I apologize about it. Dukes of Hazzard is when you slide on the hood of the vehicle!”
“They say character is what you do when no one else is watching. In this day and age of technology, somebody is always watching,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes. “Incidents like this cost tax payer's money and these two should be held accountable. Fate has an ironic twist, especially if you remember the theme song to ‘Dukes of Hazzard,' – ‘just a good ol' boys, never meanin' no harm. Beats all you never saw. Been in trouble with the law..'”
“Maybe John Schneider or Tom Wopat can come to Oklahoma and show them how to do it on their own car,” Chief Clabes added.
Both Ray and Wolford face a misdemeanor charge of maliciously defacing property of another. Police said the penalty is up to one year in the county jail and/or $500 fine.
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