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Former Trooper Sentenced In BUI Fatality

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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A former state trooper has been sentenced following conviction for an incident in which he fatally injured another boater while operating a boat under the influence. On May 5, 2008, retired Oklahoma state trooper Barry Judd was operating his boat on Lake of the Arbuckles inside the park when he collided with a jet ski, injuring its operator, who later died. Judd’s blood alcohol level was found to be above the state’s legal limit for operating a boat. Many rangers on the park’s protection staff have dealt with Judd over recent years. He was arrested in 2007 for public intoxication after being involved in a domestic at a park beach, and last summer was arrested for driving under the influence by Sulphur PD after their officers stopped him just inside the park. On November 17th, Judd was sentenced by a federal magistrate to three years’ probation and a $2,000 fine. The conditions of probation include (but are not limited to) no firearms and no consumption of alcohol. The government’s request that the defendant be banned from the park was denied. The court said that the consumption of alcohol ban should address any problems which might arise with Judd being in the park.


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