Truck Driver Jailed In Injury Accident at Highway 33 & Country Club Road
(Stillwater, Okla.) — The driver of a pickup truck has been charged with running away on foot from the scene of a collision with a tractor-trailer at State Highway 33 and Country Club Road, in which the semi driver received an injury to his arm on July 7.
The accused pickup driver, Ty Cobb O’Donnell, 32, of Perry, was also charged with actual physical control of his truck while under the influence of alcohol, according to the two-count charge.
O’Donnell has been released from the Payne County Jail on $5,000 bail with an order to appear in court on Friday.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Harper alleged in an affidavit that at 4:25 a.m. on July 7, O’Donnell was driving a gray 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck eastbound on Highway 33 when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer making a left turn onto Country Club Road.
“The subject’s vehicle struck the trailer of the turning tractor, causing the semi to overturn. After the collision, the subject ran south from the scene,” the affidavit alleged.
“Payne County deputies along with a Drumright K-9 officer responded to the scene to assist in the search for the subject,” who was located south and west of the collision scene about one-quarter mile, the affidavit alleged.
“When I made contact with him, I observed that he was bleeding from the head and his right elbow. I also detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath; his eyes were red and glassy and he was unsteady on his feet,” the trooper alleged in his affidavit.
“I asked the subject what happened and he stated that he pleads the Fifth,” the trooper wrote in his affidavit.
After O’Donnell was arrested at 5:45 a.m., the trooper asked that he submit to a breath test, which he declined, the affidavit said.
O’Donnell was transported to the Stillwater Medical Center for treatment, as was the driver of the semi for his arm injuries, the affidavit said.
“During the scene investigation, there was an open 12-pack of beer in the passenger-side floorboard smashed between the seat and dashboard,” the affidavit alleged.
“After being released from the hospital, the subject was transported to the Payne County Jail to be booked,” the affidavit said.
If convicted of the felony count of leaving the scene of an injury accident, O’Donnell could be given as much as a two-year prison term and a $1,000 fine, court records show.
If convicted of the misdemeanor count of actual physical control of a vehicle under the influence, O’Donnell could be given a one-year jail term and a $1,000 fine, court records show.