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Oklahoma man facing fourth DUI charge

Media outlets in Oklahoma reported on Sept. 22 that a 32-year-old man is believed to have been driving impaired when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident. The Bartlesville resident is facing charges of DUI and having open containers of alcohol in his vehicle. The man's bond was set at $50,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 3.

Troopers from the Oklahoma State Patrol and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of an accident on Gap Road south of Bartlesville. When they arrived at the scene of the crash, officers say that they discovered an SUV lying in a ditch.

The officers interviewed the driver of the SUV to ascertain what had happened. They claim that they smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the man. They also say that the man was unsteady on his feet and had red, watery eyes. Officers allege that they discovered a number of open containers of beer and liquor in the SUV. The man reportedly admitted to officers that he had consumed alcohol in an area bar before getting behind the wheel. A subsequent records check discovered that the man had been charged with DUI on three previous occasions.

The penalties for DUI can be severe in Oklahoma, and this may especially be true for individuals with a prior record of drunk driving. However, the evidence that prosecutors rely upon to secure a conviction in a DUI case may not withstand the close scrutiny of a criminal defense attorney. The statements of the law enforcement officers involved could be vague or contradictory, and the results of toxicology tests used to provide a motorists blood alcohol level may be subject to challenge in certain situations.

Source: Bartlesville Radio, "Bartlesvile Man Arrested For DUI", Adam Hooper, September 22, 2014

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