An Oklahoma City councilman was formally charged last Tuesday with his second DUI offense in the last three years. According to reports from News Channel 4, the councilman was arrested after police found him behind the wheel of a vehicle that had crashed into a fire hydrant.
An officer with the Oklahoma City police department was on a routine patrol when he noticed a vehicle facing north in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Northwest 63 Street at around 12:15 AM. Reports say that the driver claimed to have crashed into the hydrant after avoiding an erratic driver, but evidence at the scene contradicted the story and the man appeared to be drunk.
He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Reports noted that on the way to booking, the councilman urinated in the back of the officer’s squad car.
In 2009, the councilman was arrested under similar circumstances for driving under the influence down I-35.
Drunk driving can be a very dangerous thing to do considering it is the number one contributing factor in fatal crashes in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help combat the growing problem of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths, the Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers support programs like Safe and Sober throughout the year. The firm provides safe cab rides home for those who have been drinking too much as an alternative to driving drunk.