Lawrence police officer killed in crash had blood-alcohol level three times legal limit

LAWRENCE | A new report says an off-duty Lawrence police officer who died in a one-car crash had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit for driving.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Kansas Highway Patrol released its findings Thursday on the crash that killed Matthew Klock.

The 29-year-old officer was alone in his Nissan Altima when it hit a traffic signal pole in western Lawrence around 2 a.m. on Jan. 2. He was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

The Highway Patrol says Klock had a blood-alcohol content of .259. The legal limit for driving in Kansas is .08.

Klock had served with the Lawrence Police Department since 2007.