A Durant man was critically injured in an accident just after midnight Saturday at Lake Texoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and charges have been filed against a Mead man who interfered with responders.
Joshua D. Stanley, 29, was doing doughnuts around a picnic table in a sandy beach area of Lakeside campgrounds when the 1995 Ford pickup he was driving slid off a ledge. Stanley was ejected from the driver’s side window approximately 10 feet and the vehicle rolled over him before coming to rest, the report stated.
According to the OHP report, driving under the influence was the cause of the accident and Stanley wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
He was transported to Texoma Medical Center in Denison with head, trunk (internal and external), arm and leg injuries. He has been stabilized and moved to a regular room.
The crash was investigated by Trooper Steve Nabors, assisted by Trooper B.J. Keeling.
According to papers filed Monday in Bryan County District Court, James Benjamin Tom of Mead has been charged with felony assault and battery on a police officer, and misdemeanor interference with emergency medical technician and public intoxication.
The documents state Tom attempted to injure Trooper Nabors by kicking him in the leg. The crime is punishable by a fine of as much as $500 or imprisonment for as many as five years, or both.
Tom also reportedly yelled at the EMTs repeatedly, interfering with performance of their duties at the scene. He could be fined $500 or jailed six months, or both for that charge.
The third count, public intoxication, carries a maximum imprisonment of five to 30 days or $10-$100 fine, or both.