November 23, 2013

Suspect says he was too drunk for sobriety test

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


A suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield from a stop sign.

Dustin Hinton was involved in a car accident on S. 14th and Missouri with another vehicle when Chickasha Police were dispatched to the scene. 

The driver of the first vehicle, said that she had been driving eastbound on the 1400 block of W. Missouri Ave when a southbound vehicle entered the intersection and ran into her vehicle. 

An officer on the scene reported that he did not initially smell any alcohol on Hinton but noted in an affidavit that the wind was blowing and it was very cold. The officer asked Hinton to move his vehicle out of the roadway so that it would not get hit again. Hinton did as the officer requested. 

When the officer spoke to Hinton again, he smelled "a slight odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage about his breath and person, red, watery eyes and slurred speech. 

The officer gave Hinton a standard field sobriety test to determine if he was sober to drive. Hinton was then put under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. 

Hinton said initially that he had not drank anything that day but later admitted to consuming three beers. 

Investigation of Hinton's vehicle revealed a  case of beer which holds six beers but only contained two. A cellophane wrapper containing a botanical substance that did not test positive for marijuana was found between the driver's seat and center console. 

Hinton agreed to take a breath test, but then later refused saying that he was "way too drunk" to take the test. 

Hinton was arrested and transported to Grady County Jail and was booked without incident.