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Ex-Barnsdall police chiefs contend with DUI charges

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14 in Osage County District Court for a former Barnsdall police chief charged with driving under the influence of drugs following a traffic accident in which he was injured while driving a municipally-owned police vehicle.

Richard Shane Davis, 41, is seeking to suppress results of a blood test that was taken after the July crash on Oklahoma Highway 11, just east of Barnsdall. A defense motion filed in the case alleges that no probable cause was established prior to the test being administered.

“No proper Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were given, no odor of alcohol was observed, no illegal drugs were found and no admissions by defendant were made,” the motion states.

Davis, who was not on duty at the time of the incident, told investigators the crash occurred after he swerved to avoid hitting an animal that crossed the road in front of his vehicle. He resigned as police chief approximately a week after the accident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also charged him with carrying a firearm while under the influence.

Matthew Ryan Clark, who served as Barnsdall chief prior to Davis, recently received a one-year suspended sentence for DUI in Washington County District Court. He pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to a charge that was filed in March. Clark also was named in a separate charge for driving with a revoked license.

The 26-year-old Bartlesville-area resident also was fined $500, assessed 40 hours of community service and ordered to attend DUI school and a driver-improvement class.

Clark resigned as chief in October 2012 following the Oct. 5, 2012, crash of his personal vehicle on Frank Phillips Boulevard.

A court affidavit stated that tests showed driver Clark to have three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood at the time of the single-car rollover accident.

Longtime Osage County lawman John Ferguson was hired as the new Barnsdall police chief last summer.

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