An Oct. 21 traffic stop led to the arrest of a Roland man for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, a felony.
Bradley James Tarr, 50, was also charged with three misdemeanors, one for speeding, one for not carrying his driver’s license and another for not wearing a seat belt.
On Oct. 21, a Roland police officer was running radar when he spotted a silver 2013 Hyundai Tucson speeding on U.S. Highway 64, just east of Roland.
After clocking the sport-utility vehicle at 90 mph in a 60 mph zone, the officer pulled the man over.
When he approached the driver, Tarr, the officer reportedly noticed the man had red, watery eyes and appeared very drowsy.
The officer asked Tarr for his driver’s license and insurance. Tarr said he didn’t have his license on him and that he didn’t know where the insurance information was because it was his girlfriend’s car. The officer also saw that Tarr was not wearing a seat belt.
When the officer escorted Tarr to his police vehicle, he reportedly could smell alcohol on his breath. Tarr denied being under the influence and insisted he was able to drive with no problem.
The officer administered sobriety tests, which Tarr failed. He told the officer “if you just give me a ticket and let me go home, I’m happy.” Tarr finally admitted to having “like three or four beers within the last 30-45 minutes.” He was subsequently arrested.
Tarr requested a blood test rather than a breath test, so the officer took him to Northeastern Health Systems Sequoyah to draw his blood.
He was then taken to the Sequoyah County Jail.
The DUI charge is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and imprisonment for up to five years or a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant’s expense.
The punishment for speeding is a fine of up to $205, imprisonment for up to 10 days or both. The penalty for not carrying a driver’s license is a fine of up to $500 and up to 6 months of jail time. Not wearing a seat belt is punishable by a fine and court costs not to exceed $20.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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