Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Former Coach

May 29, 2012

A Payne County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against former Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who was sued following a 2006 drunken-driving accident.

In an order filed Thursday, District Judge Phillip Corley ruled that Oklahoma law prevents Teresa Barnard from collecting additional money from Sutton after she settled with the university for $175,000.

Barnard’s attorney, Chris Sloan, told The Oklahoman his client plans to appeal.

Sutton was on his way from the university to the Stillwater airport for a flight to a game when his university-provided sport utility vehicle collided with Barnard’s vehicle and then hit a tree on Feb. 10, 2006.

Sutton pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated drunken driving and retired.

Records show the settlement went to pay for medical bills and attorney fees.

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