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Lawrence officer who died in auto accident had blood-alcohol level three times legal limit

February 28, 2013

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A diagram of a Jan. 2 accident that killed Lawrence Police Officer Matthew Klock. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Klock had a blood-alcohol content of .259, three times the state's legal driving limit of .08.

A diagram of a Jan. 2 accident that killed Lawrence Police Officer Matthew Klock. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Klock had a blood-alcohol content of .259, three times the state's legal driving limit of .08.

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Matthew Edward Klock, 29, an officer with the Lawrence Police Department, died in a single-vehicle accident Jan. 2 in Lawrence.

Matthew Edward Klock, 29, an officer with the Lawrence Police Department, died in a single-vehicle accident Jan. 2 in Lawrence.

An off-duty Lawrence police officer who died in a single-vehicle accident Jan. 2 at the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, according to a report released Thursday by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Matthew E. Klock, 29, died from injuries sustained when his 2012 Nissan Altima was headed east on Sixth Street and struck a metal traffic pole in the median at Wakarusa Drive. The accident occurred about 2 a.m., and Klock, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The highway patrol report states that testing showed Klock's blood-alcohol content was .259. The state's legal driving limit is .08.

According to the report, there were no skid marks on the street and it's still unclear how and why Klock's vehicle drifted left into the median.

Klock, who is from the Derby area, had been a member of the Lawrence police since 2007.

The Lawrence Police Department also received the results of the report and issued a statement thanking the patrol for investigating the accident.

"We are saddened by the loss of Matt and our thoughts continue to be with the Klock family," the statement read. "The community support shown to the Department and the Klock family has been greatly appreciated during this difficult time. We thank the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the other agencies that assisted, for their thorough and professional investigation of the collision."

Comments

lawrencechick 1 year, 1 month ago

Had he gone 6" to the right or left of that pole, there is a good chance an innocent person would have been killed. Perhaps someone coming home from their 2nd shift job. So it is not disrespectful to discuss this at all.

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reality_check79 1 year, 1 month ago

Sad... You are sitting here judging a man's life after he has passed, going through bus past with a microscope, acting like none of you have made mistakes, and all the while not one comment about a young student that lost her life yesterday!!! I hope no one ever crawls through your past, judges you on an open forum, and your family and friends never have to read it!!! Every one of you, including the LJWorld should be ashamed and embarrassed... Not one of you posted even ONE thing positive this man did as an officer!!! Your judging him based off an off-duty mistake in which no one else was injured, and he tragically lost his life!!!

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Obama_The_Obnubilator 1 year, 1 month ago

"....there were no skid marks on the street and it's still unclear how and why Klock's vehicle drifted left into the median."

Hmm, maybe that had something to do with the .259 bac. It seems Klock Konked out behind the wheel.

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mustbeboard 1 year, 1 month ago

Wonder how many DUI arrest he made.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 1 month ago

If they wouldn't report blood alcohol for average citizens; then I would say don't report a police officers blood alcohol neither. But since they do, reporting this is fair game.

Condolences to the family and friends. I hear he was a great guy and good officer. Let this be reminder to everyone (including police officers) that drinking and driving kills!

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greenworld 1 year, 1 month ago

3 times the legal limit??? You can be arrested for one beer but that seems like a little high to me.

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tanaumaga 1 year, 1 month ago

Please find a designated driver and use your seat belts folks.

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kawrivercrow 1 year, 1 month ago

My condolence to family and colleagues. If he had just smoked weed instead, there is a 99.9% chance he would still be alive.

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budtugly 1 year, 1 month ago

Well at least it was reported.. In the past this kind of thing was covered up. Sorry for the cop and his family.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

In a larger sense, I believe there is nothing further any of us can write which will add to what has already been posted today and in earlier stories. Time to move on.

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justhavetosayit 1 year, 1 month ago

My thoughts are with his family. May peace and kindness be with everyone and to all who chose and will choose to post here.

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Jeanne Cunningham 1 year, 1 month ago

Although the comments here are unlikely to produce any direct effect, the open discussion of the problem of drinking and driving will only ever be addressed and, hopefully, someday corrected by continually shedding light on these cases rather than the historical covering-up. There are just too many cases which have been uncovered that show individuals who have been given diversions over and over and over until they finally kill someone. Too many cases where judges and/or juries have gone easy on a drunk driver, putting themselves in the offender's position and thinking, 'it could have been me," when they should have been putting themselves in the victims's position. Until our society comes to its senses and openly accepts and proclaims that drinking and driving is just completely and totally unacceptable, these sad cases will continue to occur. It does NOT make it any less sad or terrible that this man died because of something that was within his control. In fact, it makes it all the sadder that it was within his control - or possibly the at-least-partial control of someone who knew and saw him get into his car when he clearly should not have done so...

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biggunz 1 year, 1 month ago

Simple suggestion...if you don' t like the comments, make the decision not to scroll through them. Nobody is forced to read past the article.

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reality_check79 1 year, 1 month ago

The LJ World needs to disable comments on things like this... It's unnecessary, and too many people judge way to quickly... This is just a sad case of a young man making a mistake... Let it go...

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 1 month ago

.259 on a fully-grown man. Wow...that's a lot of drinking

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cowboy 1 year, 1 month ago

Any slip up and these folks get fired , sorry to burst your bubble.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 1 month ago

I'll bet if he had just been pulled over for being drunk, the "Brotherhood" would have protected him. You can bet, in most cases, there are two sets of rules.

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cowboy 1 year, 1 month ago

be curious to know which bar he left prior to the accident

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 1 month ago

So I guess LEO's aren't perfect. They do make mistakes. Does anyone else remember the out cry when this story was first reported and it was even suggested that this man could be drunk? Guess those suppositions were correct, eh?

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gsxr600 1 year, 1 month ago

Clearly this story can't change what happened. It's still terrible for the family and all that cared for him, but it's still newsworthy. He was a public servant. As a public servant you are held to a higher standard, especially as a law enforcement officer. On or off-duty events like these will always be publicized because the public has the right to know. We are the ones paying their salary. It's the same way for politicians, heads of local government, and even the lowliest private in the Army. Once you are elected or sign-up for the position, your life is transparent publicly and privately.

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Gotland 1 year, 1 month ago

He wasn;t just drunk he was reckless.

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HarmonKillabrew 1 year, 1 month ago

Sad...on so many levels. Thankfully, it was only a one car accident. If you drive drunk you will get caught....or karma will catch you as she did to this "Law Enforcement Officer"!

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jafs 1 year, 1 month ago

I find it odd that they say "it's unclear how and why" this happened. It obviously happened because the guy was so drunk.

And, yes, I think it's important that we are all more careful out there - don't drink and drive, folks.

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msezdsit 1 year, 1 month ago

Never could figure out why information like this must be released posthumously. It doesn't change anything. Just allow Mr. Klock to rest in peace.

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