The severity of penalties for a DUI conviction in Oklahoma will usually depend on the nature of the drunk driving incident and whether or not the driver had any prior DUI convictions on their record. A driver could face fines, a possible prison sentence, probation and a revocation of their driver's license. In some cases, drivers may also be required to complete an alcohol treatment program and have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.
Oklahoma residents who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol may no longer be able to drink if a proposed senate bill passes. Senate Bill 30 could result in a law that makes it illegal for those with a DUI to consume or purchase alcohol for an amount of time set by a judge.
Oklahoma police report that a man was detained on suspicion of DUI after crashing into a Duncan house in the early hours of June 2. After running a stop sign, the 24-year-old driver's SUV allegedly struck a Chisholm Corner convenience store safety barrier and a mailbox before crashing into a home on North B Street around 3:15 a.m. The driver reported suffering no injuries.
Some readers from Oklahoma may have heard about the 36-year-old man recently detained on suspicion of DUI in Florida; the incident happened in Deltona around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31. A witness says that they called police after seeing the driver asleep in his car at the intersection of Courtland Boulevard and Doyle Road. The defendant was said to have been still holding a half-eaten burrito from Taco Bell when officers found him unconscious.
Residents of Oklahoma may be interested to learn that a 44-year-old man has been taken into custody in Tulsa following investigation of an auto-pedestrian accident in late December 2013. That incident led to the death of a 74-year-old man who had previously been a Tulsa mayor candidate twice in the 1980s. According to the assistant district attorney for Tulsa County, the state waited until it had received the results of the man's blood testing before pursuing the drunk driving case against the defendant.
An Oklahoma man was taken into custody on Jan. 13 for suspicion of driving under the influence with a baby in the car. The suspected DUI incident happened around 12:20 p.m. at the intersection of North Admiral Place and Sheridan Road in Tulsa. A highway patrolman reportedly noticed that a man was driving a 2000 Nissan AG8 with a broken tail light and pulled the car over.
Oklahoma residents might recognize the name of Tito Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion known to fans as the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy." Early in the morning of Jan. 6, Ortiz was taken into police custody on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
An elementary school teacher from Tulsa was suspended from her job after she was taken into custody under suspicion of drunk driving. Police say that they also located an unrestrained small female child in the back seat of her car. A Tulsa Public School official recently confirmed the woman's employment at an elementary school and that she has been suspended from her job.
A new DUI law that went into effect on Oct. 1 has Oklahoma drivers concerned because it penalizes drivers who may have just trace amounts of Schedule I controlled substances or chemicals in their blood. This new law makes it illegal to drive with any detectable amount of a Schedule I substance in, including analogs or metabolites, in people's saliva, blood, urine or any other bodily fluid. Several drivers support the new law because they believe it will help keep impaired drivers off the road; however, many of the same people are concerned that drivers will be penalized for substances they took in a day or two prior.
According to authorities, the Oklahoma County Clerk was taken into custody on Sept. 17 following an automobile collision. She has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. The 67-year old woman was apparently involved with a hit and run accident, according to Oklahoma City police, but a report on the incident was not yet available.