In Depth Analysis of Trooper Dash Cam Video

Saturday, June 13th 2009, 11:54 pm
By: News 9

By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the dash cam video from the trooper paramedic scuffle and many believe the trooper went too far.

The dash cam video starts with Trooper Daniel Martin racing down Highway 62 near Paden. He then pulls behind the Creek Nation ambulance. It's at this point Trooper Martin believes the ambulance makes little attempt to get out of the way, but NEWS 9's legal analyst Irven Box sees it different.

"The idea that this person failed to yield to him I believe is not a good case," Irven Box said.

Box said there was almost no time for the ambulance to move.

"It appears the trooper is at a high rate of speed approaching this ambulance. To me it appears the ambulance got over the first opportunity it could because there was a car on the easement," NEWS 9's legal analyst said.

It was those few seconds along the highway that led to Trooper Martin to stop the ambulance minutes later, and despite every attempt to warn the trooper they were transporting a patient, the trooper only became more enraged.

"I don't know if the trooper was having a bad day but he was way out of control, he did not handle the situation well it appears," Box said.

"Paramount most important thing is the patient's care. Once we get that taken care of we can do a sit down," said EMSA supervisor Colin Roy.

Roy said in every case patient care must always come first.

"Immediately our concerns turn to the patients care. Are we delaying the patients care? And if so, what do we need to do to put that patients care back in motion," Roy said.

As a result of the altercation the trooper is on paid administrative leave. OHP did investigate his actions, but NEWS 9 has not seen the results.

Despite his actions, Irven Box does not believe the trooper should be fired. Based on the video, Box said Martin could easily be charged for interfering with the medical call.

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