The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested ex-deputy Brian Kindle Wednesday after receiving multiple reports concerning his safety.
On July 8, Kindle filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Tulsa against Sheriff Scott Walton, three of his officers and the board of county commissioners.
Kindle claims the sheriff’s office conspired to force his resignation after he blew the whistle on an illegal search of a drug suspect’s home.
The suit asks for $150,000 in damages, claiming Kindle’s free speech and civil rights were violated.
The incident began at 8 p.m. with a report of a man sitting on the guardrail of the Interstate Highway 44 overpass bridge with his feet hanging over the turnpike.
Deputy Chris Jones responded to the scene along 4180 Road near Claremore and found Kindle on the bridge.
Jones asked Kindle if he was ok. Public records show Kindle responded using obscene language, stating he was “fine.” He claimed he was just walking.
Jones told Kindle not to be on the bridge and then left the scene.
A short time later, at 9:21 p.m., the Rogers County E911 Dispatch was once again notified a man was standing on the I44 overpass bridge located on 4180 Road. The female caller reported Kindle was standing on the edge of the bridge looking down.
A third call was received minutes later. The caller advised the man on the bridge [Kindle] was standing in the middle of the road. The caller then reported he told Kindle he shouldn’t stand in the road because cars travel down the road very fast. The caller said Kindle replied to his statement by saying, “That’s kind of what I’m thinking on.”
Documents show the caller further advised dispatch Kindle was swinging his arms like he was trying to work up the courage to jump.
A fourth caller notified dispatch she saw Kindle leaning over the bridge. A fifth call was received moments later, where it was reported a vehicle nearly hit the man standing on the bridge.
Sergeant Ronnie Roden responded to the scene and found Kindle once again standing on the bridge.
Roden asked Kindle, a former coworker, “what are you doing?”
Kindle said he “was looking for a game,” according to the arrest report.
The deputy notified Kindle the sheriff’s office had received several calls concerning him and it was against the law to be on the bridge.
Kindle was then taken into custody at approximately 10 p.m. and booked in the Mayes County Jail for his safety. He was arrested for pedestrian use of sidewalk and bridges.