GUTHRIE, Okla. – A Guthrie man is expected in court after he hit a Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle Thursday. Police say he was driving under the influence.
Deborah Harrod saw it right before her eyes.
“It’s very dangerous,” said Harrod.
“It’s not something you see everyday,” said Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.
Chief Deputy Stephens says 28-year-old Cody Lynch hit the Deputy’s Tahoe.
“The subject was supposedly coming down from a marijuana high,” said Chief Deputy Stephens.
It’s not just a possibly drugged driver that has people talking, it’s where the crash happened on Harrison Ave.
Signs on the street show when Lynch crashed into the deputy’s car he was in a school zone, and people who live there say it was about the same time that students were walking home.
“We have several kids in this neighborhood that walk home, you know? Some don’t have parents that walk with them. They’re little,” said Harrod.
Harrod’s nephew saw the crash, and in the back ground of one picture of the crash, you see a man carrying a small child right past.
“It was a terrible time of day for a crash like that to happen in a residential area,” said Chief Deputy Stephens.
The controversy grows beyond location. Some online say Lynch is not the only one at fault.
One person wrote, “The sheriffs vehicle was parked in the middle of the road. That’s not safe for anyone.”
“He had been stopped by a citizen out in the roadway who stopped to ask him a question before he had time to move off the absolute side of the roadway. Someone else hit him from behind,” said Chief Deputy Stephens. “That lady that walked up to talk to him in the street was standing right next to his Tahoe during the impact. She’s lucky she didn’t get killed.”
NewsChannel 4 stopped by Lynch’s home and was able to speak to his mother. The family’s attorney advised them not to talk about the accident.
It’s a close call witnesses like Harrod take seriously.
“They need more law enforcement up and down through here,” said Harrod.
Chief Deputy Stephens says Lynch faces DUI drug charges, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.