A DUI charge was levied March 31 against a Sallisaw man. Jason Jeremy Rogers, 44, was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of failure to maintain insurance and operating a vehicle with an expired/improper tag.
On Feb. 7, a police report indicates, a pair of troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were notified about a drunk driver at the eastbound rest area on Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 317 after the reporting party told dispatch that he had spoken with the driver, who seemed intoxicated.
The vehicle reportedly got back on I-40 after hitting a curb at the rest area and was driving down the shoulder with a flat tire. Rogers, the vehicle’s driver, later told troopers he was trying to go home (to Sallisaw) on the flat tire because he did not have a spare.
Rogers stumbled while trying to enter a trooper’s patrol car, nearly falling over. When the man made it into the vehicle, the trooper noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Rogers and his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred.
Rogers admitted to drinking vodka before he left home. He refused to submit to a breath test and was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
The punishment for DUI is up to $2,500 in fines 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 or treatment, imprisonment and a fine.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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