July 8, 1999

Bethany Police Officer Injured By Susan Brown

A Bethany police officer was struck by a fleeing motorist while on duty Saturday, breaking his left arm and severing his left leg.

Officer Timothy McCarthey, 25, was in fair condition at Integris Baptist Medical Center after undergoing surgery Saturday to remove his left leg just above the knee.

McCarthey was patrolling the grounds of the Bethany Fun Festival when he received a call to assist officers who were trying to stop a fleeing motorcyclist on a moving violation, according to Bethany Police Chief Neal Troutman. He responded on foot and attempted to stop traffic in the intersection of NW 39 Expressway and Glade Avenue about 4 p.m. Saturday, while two officers stood in the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist swerved and hit McCarthey. McCarthey's leg was cut off and his left arm broken.

The driver then attempted to elude police on foot. Jason Michael Hollingsworth, 21, of Yukon, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, maiming, reckless driving, attempting to elude police and driving without a license. He is being held without bond at the Oklahoma County jail. Hollingsworth was wanted on misdemeanor warrants for traffic violations in Oklahoma County. McCarthey has served on the Bethany police force for 2 ½ years. "He has been an excellent officer for us," Troutman said. "He loves his job."

Troutman said that McCarthey is maintaining a positive attitude, in spite of the seriousness of his injuries, and is looking forward to being fitted with his prosthesis and getting started on rehab. He is expected to gain full use of his broken left arm. A fund for McCarthey has been set up at the First National Bank of Bethany, 6500 NW 39 Expressway.