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Oklahoma man charged with drunk driving has much at stake

Many in Oklahoma are dealing with the aftermath of the holidays, including taking down decorations, paying off bills and losing holiday weight. For some, however, the aftermath is more somber if their celebrations brought them in contact with law enforcement. For one man, his encounter with police and the ensuing drunk driving arrest may have a long-reaching impact on his life.

On New Year's Eve, police say they noticed the man's pickup truck swerving into the opposite lane, so they activated emergency lights to initiate a stop. However, the driver continued on, even driving off the road into a ditch before slowing to a stop. The driver allegedly admitted he had been drinking a great deal that evening and failed the sobriety tests police administered. Police reported seeing an open container of alcohol and a handgun in the vehicle.

The man's breath test showed a .20 blood alcohol content, substantially more than the legal limit in Oklahoma. The four charges against him include failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, having an open container in the car and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. This arrest and the consequences could have profound repercussions on the man's future since he is a high school principal.

The superintendent of schools made no definitive comments about the man's future employment at the high school or in the school system. Nevertheless, the advice and support of an attorney will benefit the man as he proceeds. A drunk driving conviction in this case may not only cost the man his job, but it may prevent him from working in a school system in the future. His attorney will work to protect his rights and his best interests.

Source:, "Deputies: Hartshorne principal more than two times the legal limit", David Dishman, Jan. 5, 2017

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