Ardmore firefighter arrested in Durant on hit and run charges

Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 5:31 PM CST
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(UPDATED: 1/16/18 @ 9:57 p.m.)

An Ardmore firefighter was arrested in Bryan County last week --

accused of hitting a car and then leaving the scene, all while drunk.

The accident happened last Tuesday around 9 p.m., on Springfield Court, near University Boulevard in Durant.

The police report states witnesses saw a truck hit a sedan, leaving extensive damage to the passenger side.

One witness says he tried to get the driver of the truck, identified by police as 35-year-old Christopher Allen, to stay at the scene. But when Allen's wife arrived, he got in her truck. The witness reportedly blocked her car too.

She told officers she also tried to get Allen to stay, but he ran off on foot to his home just a quarter mile away.

Allen is a firefighter with the City of Ardmore Fire Department.

Police soon found him in his garage, where he was identified by the victim and arrested. Allen refused sobriety tests, but the report states the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, and noted bloodshot eyes.

Allen faces charges of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage.

We did reach out to Allen, but at the time of this writing have not heard back.

The fire department says they can't comment on personnel matters, but the city tells us they are looking into the allegations for possible code of conduct violations.

Their handbook, which can be found online, outlines possible violations; including endangering the safety of others through negligent or willful acts. But the city says no action has been taken yet.


An Ardmore firefighter was arrested in Durant this past week after police said he hit a car and ran -- while he was drunk.

The police report says numerous witnesses saw Christopher Allen, 35, crash into a car around 9 p.m. this past Tuesday near University Boulevard.

One witness said he tried to get Allen to stay at the scene, but Allen ran to his home a quarter mile away.

Police said they found Allen in his garage, where he was identified by the victim and arrested.

Ardmore city officials said Allen may face conduct violations.