When the courts sentence someone to community service, I don’t think this is what they mean.
The state of Oklahoma has endured its fair share of disasters. However, few took as unexpected a twist as this one.
On May 26, 2002, a barge-carrying towboat suffered a blackout on the Arkansas river. Because of this, Captain Joe Dedmon lost control of his vessel.
With nobody to steer it, the ship rammed into a small part of Interstate 40, causing that section of the road to come crashing down.
In the face of this tragic accident, which took the lives of 14 people, officials and Oklahoma citizens rushed to the scene to help with rescue operations and debris cleanup.
Among these was William James Clark, a twice-convicted felon. By posing as an Army Captain, Clark led the rescue effort for two days, during which he gave orders to FBI agents and commandeered equipment for use on the scene.
After his two-day stunt, Clark fled to the north, where he was eventually captured in Canada.