Friday, January 3, 2020

Man Hit With DUI Charge After Accident

A Tahlequah man is facing a felony DUI charge after he rear-ended a vehicle Dec. 21 at the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and Dogwood Street in Sallisaw.

According to a police report, Steven Jeffrey Owens, 49, was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended or revoked license, which is a misdemeanor.

Owens’ vehicle struck a car driven by Tasha Scroggins while she was waiting for the red light to continue west on Cherokee Avenue. The Sallisaw police officer responding to the scene found Scroggins unconscious inside her vehicle. When she came to, she reported having back and neck injuries.

The officer noticed Owens’ behavior, which indicated that he was intoxicated. While speaking with Owens, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man, who also had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Owens admitted having been drinking alcohol and told the officer he was on his way home. 

A preliminary breath test showed Owens’ blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit to operate a vehicle. The officer then arrested him.

A search of Owens’ vehicle revealed an open can of Busch beer that was cold to the touch.

A records check revealed that Owens’ driver’s license had been suspended because of a 2012 DUI.

The DUI charge is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to four years in prison.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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