A Durant police officer has been placed on leave due to an investigation that he was involved in an off-duty crash that was alcohol related.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Brandon Carbaugh, 36, crashed his pickup at approximately midnight on Tuesday two miles west of Achille on Highway 91. Trooper B.J. Keeling’s report states that DUI/DWI was the cause of the crash and that Carbaugh’s ability was impaired by drinking.
Durant Police Chief Durward Cook said Carbaugh is now on paid leave.
“The highway patrol is investigating the accident and the DUI, ” Cook said. “The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the (OHP) investigation and an internal investigation.”
According to OHP, Carbaugh was driving a Ford pickup westbound when the truck traveled to the right of the roadway. Carbaugh then overcorrected and the pickup went off the roadway to the left and rolled one-and-one quarter times.
Carbaugh, who had arm and leg injuries, was taken to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma where he was admitted for observation and later released.
Carbaugh was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report. The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and the Colbert Police Department assisted in the investigation.
District Attorney Emily Redman received an initial report on the accident and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.