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Oklahoma man in jail for alleged DUI, fitted with 'spit hood'

After allegedly spitting on an employee of the Edmond City Jail, a man that had been taken into custody on charges of DUI was made to wear a "spit hood." The man was spotted and picked up by officers who responded to a call about a reckless driver.

On Dec. 4, the 27-year-old man was pulled over by officers after they received a call from dispatch that a witness reported a reckless driver on Danforth in the area of Post Road. When the officers saw the vehicle in question they noticed that there was no tire on the right rear wheel and that the car drove off the shoulder and back across the center to the left lane.

When the officers pulled the man over, they noticed that he had signs of possible intoxication. According to police, the man admitted to previously consuming a bottle of wine and smoking marijuana. They conducted a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, one of three typical sobriety tests. The driver was detained and taken to the city jail where the alleged spitting incident took place.

The accused man faces multiple state-level complaints, in which some include DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and placing bodily fluid on a government official. At the time of the report, the man was held on a $56,000 bond, and on Dec. 9, paperwork for criminal probably cause was filed in Oklahoma District Court.

Although the report did not list any attorney information, a DUI defense attorney may be able to help defendants reduce or dismiss their charges. They may be able to challenge the accuracy of a conducted field sobriety test or negotiate with the prosecution for a plea deal.

Source: The Edmond Sun, "Suspect wears ‘spit hood’ due to actions", Mark Schlachtenhaufen, December 09, 2013

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