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Oklahoma man charged with DUI had BAC of .27

Police in Oklahoma have charged a former state senator with driving under the influence and attempted bribery. An officer saw the man swerving as he drove his vehicle down a highway in Cleveland County. The officer pulled the man over, and when the man exited his vehicle at the officer's request, he had his pants pulled down. According to court documents, his blood alcohol level was .27, which is more than three times the legal limit.

Allegedly, the man also told the officer he would pay him thousands of dollars to allow him to go. Police took him into custody and brought him to the Cleveland County Justice Center. In 2013, the man was convicted of a previous charge of DUI. He is a former president pro tempore of the state senate.

For a first DUI conviction in Oklahoma, a person could face a minimum of five days in jail and a maximum of one year. Their license may be suspended for 30 days, and they might pay a fine of up to $1,000. The court will not require them to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, but if convicted a second time, a driver will have to use an IID. Someone convicted of a second DUI may receive a jail sentence of one to five years and also have their license revoked for six months.

The state of Oklahoma has an implied consent law. When the police suspect someone of drunk driving, that person is required by law to undergo a blood test to determine their blood alcohol level. If a person refuses, authorities can automatically revoke their driver's license for a period of six months. In cases where some refuses testing for a second time, they may have their license suspended for one year. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help someone accused of DUI to negotiate for lesser sentences.

Source: KFOR, "Former state leader charged with DUI and bribery", Dallas Franklin, May 19, 2014

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