Madill officer resigns after DUI arrest, crash
A Madill Police Department patrolman resigned from his position after being arrested for driving under the influence Sunday.
At around 1:50 a.m. on March 1, Madill Chief of Police Donald Yow said the department was advised of a motor vehicle accident that had occurred on east Main Street and the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.
MPD Sgt. Andrew Adams responded to the accident, reportedly observing two vehicles with severe damage at the scene. One of the drivers in the collision was immediately identified as officer Alexander Boren, who was reportedly off-duty at the time.
“Mr. Boren was very unsteady on his feet, almost falling. Mr. Boren also had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person,” Adams stated in an incident report. “Mr. Boren’s speech was very slurred, so much that I could not understand what he was saying most of the time.”
At that time, Sgt. Adams advised Chief Yow of the situation and contacted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to investigate the collision.
The other driver in the collision was reporting pain in her back and Adams requested EMS assistance. However, she later refused treatment. “It was very fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt,” Yow said.
Adams then requested that Boren take a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which Boren reportedly refused. “Mr. Boren stated no and why was I doing this to him,” Adams said in the report.
Boren was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and eventually agreed to take a blood test at the Alliance Health Center in Madill.
Yow said Boren’s blood alcohol content has not yet been determined. “We won’t know that until we get the results back once we submit the blood and we’ll be doing that today.”
After submitting to the blood test, Boren was transported to the Marshall County Jail where he was booked for DUI, carrying a loaded firearm while intoxicated and failure to carry insurance.
An OHP trooper located the loaded firearm on the floorboard of Boren’s vehicle and it was later turned back over to the Madill Police Department.
Boren reportedly completed his detoxification time at the jail and was released on bond. After his release, a Marshall County jailer informed Adams that Boren was very upset and stating that he might try to hurt himself.
Adams then transported Boren back to the hospital to be evaluated for his safety. Once cleared medically and psychologically, Chief Yow met with Boren and he resigned from his position as patrolman.
“I think the outcome of whenever I met with him, I think this was probably the best result that could have happened,” Yow said. Boren’s resignation is effective immediately.
Boren had reportedly been with the Madill Police Department for five years prior and did not have a known history of alcohol abuse. Officers are also required to complete two hours of state mandated mental health training, Yow said.
“We do a thorough background (check) whenever we hire somebody and we check all of those things. Nothing like this had appeared on there,” Yow said. “Otherwise, to my knowledge, there’s been nothing since we hired him.”
Last month, Boren was recognized for his work in arresting an alleged fugitive wanted for a bank robbery out of Arizona. With Boren’s resignation, the department is now one officer short and will be opening up applications in the near future.
Officers are held at a higher standard and will face consequences just as anyone else would, Yow said, adding that he hopes the community will continue to support the department amid this mistake.
“It’s a part of what we have to do. We’re not above the law on things and we can be held accountable just like other people,” Yow said. “Our job is to enforce that law. I think the minute that we waive from enforcing the law, that’s when we start to lose public trust.”