Skip to comments.Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official (Oklahoma)
Posted on 07/17/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by Osage Orange
Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official
By Angela Hong
Footage obtained by FOX23 shows the Pawhuska city manager telling a police officer not to arrest a man suspected of drunk driving -- the man is also the city attorney.
The footage has gone viral in the Osage County community and people there are upset.
The Pawhauska police officer was wearing a body camera and it recorded the exchange he had with the city manager. The footages shows the manager telling the officer to let City Attorney Jesse Worten sober up instead of arresting him right away.
On July 3, Worten was involved in an accident by his home on 18th and Leahy in Pawhuska. Worten crashed his car after allegedly driving drunk.
He cant walk -- he cant walk," the voice of Cpl. William McDaniels with the Pawhuska Police Department is heard on the recording.
"Where is he?" asked City Manager Paul McAlexander.
"Hes in the front seat of my car. We had to spill him over in there. He is hammered. I mean beyond hammered, McDaniels replied. Hes not just had a few I mean hes hammered."
A report obtained by FOX23 said Worten told officers he was drunk. He appears to slur his words on the recording.
According to the report, because of who Worten was the Assistant Chief Brian Rumsey, who was also on the scene, tried calling his chief for guidance -- but Chief Scott Laird was on vacation. That's when Rumsey called McAlexander -- who then started giving the McDaniels directions.
Do I write him a ticket? What do I do? asked McDaniels on the recording.
No. Not right now well take care of it on Monday. Right now, well put him in a cell until he sobers up. Or until [his wife] shows up and gets him, answered McAlexander on the recording.
Many people in Pawhuska have seen this video and feel Worten was given special treatment.
If I went and done that, I would have been thrown in [jail]. Handcuffed all that, said Clarence Brothers, a Pawhuska resident.
If I got arrested if the city manager going to come save me too or any other person?asked Cassandra Brownwolf, a Pawhuska resident.
The citys new acting attorney did not want to comment.
The city manager did not return FOX23s call. And Wortens wife, who is also a city councilor, did not want to comment.
Worten was eventually arrested and given a municipal ticket, but hours after it was too late to take a Breathalyzer test. This means he wont lose his license.
In the report, Laird said if he had been there, he would have placed Worten under arrest right away.
This will distract the Pioneer Woman from doin’ all that cookin’ for her cowboys...
She lives in Pawhuska...
Spent one night in Pawhuska, back in the late fifties when I was in college.
We went bowling! The first frame of my life. And also the only frame I ever bowled with manual pinsetters...
She’s a wonderful cook.
Small town Oklahoma police are known for corruption. I can’t imagine this surprised anyone. It’s just lucky there’s now video of it.
Of that...I'm quite sure.
I'd heard about a bowling alley in P-Town....
Hopefully...the City Manager gets and Obstruction of Justice charge against him....
But prolly won't happen....P-Town is small.
On the other hand...the new Osage Tribe Chief is REALLY making waves!! He might be lucky to survive as Chief 3 months...for what I hear.
I assume there was no shortage of pool halls in P-town...
Native politics. All fun all the time!
Yeah...back in my Yout..I spent too much time in some pool halls. Loved to play snooker....
Some Saturday afternoon's we'd play with a square of chalk in the middle of the table with a ball on top. You knock the ball down..it cost you a pitcher of beer.
Those were the days!!
Reminds me of when the attorney general of Virginia claimed he was run off the road by the ghost of Hank Williams in a Cadillac.
I was just thinking about that song the other day!
I have a 1984 Mazda RX-7 now.
Title modified so as to not confuse this den of sin with numerous other decent Pawhuskas.
But I could be wrong.........
If you find one, decent or otherwise, please let us in OK know of this alternate universe. LOL...your efforts are appreciated, AM, they truly are!!
Situation normal, only this time it’s a drunk official instead of a drunk cowboy. Drunk cowboys that work for the Pioneer Woman’s ranch get bailed out with one phone call or at least they did back in the 70s.
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