GUTHRIE, Okla. — Lt. Mark Bruning has confirmed with NewsChannel 4’s own Lance West that he has been terminated from his position at the Guthrie Police Department.
The city manager, Sereniah Breland has said that Lt. Bruning was still employed, but that there might be a statement released Monday at the earliest.
NewsChannel 4 has numerous sources, including our own Lance West, that have said that Lt. Bruning has indeed been terminated from the Guthrie Police force. He was the information officer for the Guthrie Police.
The termination stems from an investigation after Bruning arrested a man, after the Mumford and Sons concert, there in Guthrie.
An official complaint was filed against the Guthrie Police Department. Kyle White said he was wrongfully arrested by an officer who has an vendetta against him.
“It was a complete abuse of authority,” said Kyle White. “He made an emotional decision and had me arrested for no reason.”
White said there was confusion over which way to leave the event and he and police Lieutenant Mark Bruning got into an argument.
“He said my name personally. He says ‘Kyle, then points his finger and says arrest this guy.’ So a couple officers came around me, cuffed me and put me on a golf cart and took me to jail,” White claims.
He was fingerprinted and spent the entire night in a cell.
“I’ve never been inside a jail cell and had to sit there for eight hours. It was pretty nerve racking,” said White.
He later found out he was being arrested for public intoxication.
“The officers never administered any field sobriety test and as far as we know there’s no report that indicates that he was in fact intoxicated,” said White’s attorney Eric Cotton. “They had a personal history and unfortunately I think that’s what came into play here.”
That history includes the fact that the lieutenant is married to White’s ex wife. White said there have been other issues too.
“He has followed our company trucks multiple times in his police vehicle and his unmarked Tahoe. He has contacted other officers about following our trucks,” said White.
He said, after his overnight stint in the slammer, “I didn’t get a citation, I got a sheet of paper that says I have to go to court.”
Days later White received a letter from the Guthrie City attorney stating the citation against him was dismissed but no one would say why or admit the arrest was illegal.