The Sallisaw man accused of hitting and knocking a 69-year-old man off his motorized scooter was formally charged in Sequoyah County District Court.
David Monroe Isbell, 38, was charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more, and causing great bodily injury, and child endangerment by driving under the influence, both felonies, and two misdemeanors – possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Isbell pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on Wednesday, the district attorney’s office reported.
Isbell is accused of driving his 2003 Infinity into Jerry Ball, who was riding the scooter. Ball was thrown from the scooter and transported to the hospital in Sallisaw then to a Tulsa hospital where he was listed in stable condition with head injuries.
The crash occurred at about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 5 at the intersection of Creek and Oak, in front of the sheriff’s office in Sallisaw.
According to the investigating Sallisaw police officer’s report, Isbell, in the interview after the crash, admitted he had “used meth and taken a Xanax.” The officer also reported finding a cigarette package in Isbell’s car that contained a white crystalline substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
The officers also found a small child in Isbell’s car which led to the child endangerment charge. That is punishable by imprisonment for up to four years and a fine of $5,000. The DUI charge is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for one to five years.
The felony charges are both punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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