By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — A pickup left the roadway and crashed into a tree line Friday morning, Nov. 5 after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The Newkirk Fire Department received a call of an accident at Main and South streets shortly after 10 a.m., but were concerned when they could not find the vehicle.
“When we arrived, it took us a few minutes to find the vehicle, because it ended up in the tree line by Imperial Plastics,” said Fire Chief Adam Longcrier.
The accident was reported to have occurred when the driver was unable to make the curve due to high speed.
“The vehicle was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed south on Main, and had passed a vehicle, and the truck was traveling so fast, it couldn’t make the curve at South and Main,” Longcrier said. “The vehicle continued straight and went through the fence at the house on the curve, and ended up in the tree line next to the property, and we found the patient still in the vehicle.”
The patient seemed largely uninjured, but not fully aware of the surroundings, he said.
“The patient appeared not to have any injuries, but we could tell the patient had an altered mental status,” Longcrier said. “He was confused, and not talking in a normal manner.”
Firefighters removed the patient from the vehicle, but he refused transport to AllianceHealth Ponca City.
“We got him to the ambulance where we took a set of vitals on the patient. The patient refused transport to the hospital by our ambulance, so the patient was taken into custody by police, and they took him to Ponca City so they could have a police and mental evaluation done,” Longcrier said.
Authorities reportedly found illegal substances in him.
“It turned out the patient had some illegal substances in his system, and the police eventually transported him to the Kay County Detention Center,” Longcrier said.
Assisting the Fire and EMS were Newkirk Police Department, Kay County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and District 8 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.