FAIRLAND– A Fairland man is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after a fatal two-vehicle accident south of Fairland on Highway 125.
Rolla Roy Werline, 24, was arrested at 12:15 a.m., Saturday, April 15, after leaving the scene of the wreck, which took place at approximately 10:16 p.m., Friday, April 14, one-half mile north of County Road 230, on Highway 125, approximately four miles south of Fairland.
Werline appeared in Ottawa County District Court on Monday, April 17, where he was formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, operating a motor vehicle involved in a fatality accident while under the influence of alcohol and failing to produce insurance verification.
Werline is currently being held in Ottawa County Jail in Miami in lieu of a $50,500 bond. His next court appearance is set for 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, in Ottawa County District Court.
Ottawa County District Attorney Kenny Wright said Werline may face additional charges, including the possibility of manslaughter, for the death of James L. Greer, 60, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Wright said additional charges may come, once Werline's blood alcohol test results are returned from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations toxicology lab.
About the crash
According to the report issued by Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Will Langley
the incident took place when Greer pulled out from a private drive onto Highway 125, failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
Werline, who was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer, struck Greer, who was operating a 1994 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. After the collision, Greer was thrown from his motorcycle 132 feet southeast of impact.
Greer was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries sustained in the collision. His body was taken to the state's medical examiner's office in Tulsa.
Following the incident, Langley's report indicates Werline continued driving for another 412 feet southeast of the impact, before the vehicle came to rest on its side.
Wright said initial reports indicate someone removed the vehicle from the scene of the wreck, and Werline also fled the scene. Wright said initial reports did not indicate if Werline was the one who removed the vehicle from the scene. Details of his arrest were not available as of presstime.
Langley said the cause of the collision was failure to yield from a private drive. He listed the condition of Greer as normal and Werline as "drinking-ability impaired."
Langley indicated Werline was wearing a seatbelt, and that his airbag did not deploy. Werline was not injured in the collision. Greer was wearing a helmet.
Langley was assisted by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Preston Konemann, Lt. Rick Mendez, Trooper Aaron Gibe, Trooper Ruben Hernandez, and officials from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Quapaw Tribe Emergency Medical Services, Fairland First Responders, Fairland Police Department, and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.