Thursday, August 27, 2020

Holland Charged With DUI After Hitting Gas Line

A Muldrow man was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 18, court records show. 

Dennis Holland, 42, faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $2,500, or a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant’s expense or all three. 

On June 3, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was told of an accident south of Muldrow on Wilson Rock Road. When he arrived at the scene, the trooper met with a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy, who told him not to drive to the location because the wrecked truck was on top of a high-pressure natural gas line. 

The deputy walked the driver, Holland, back to the trooper, but as Holland was walking toward him, the trooper noticed he was staggering when he walked and his clothing was hanging off him. 

When asked what happened, Holland said he went to reach for his phone and swerved off the road and hit a gas meter. The trooper, who was about 200 yards north of the gas meter, could hear the meter and said “it sounded like a jet.” 

The trooper asked Holland how much he’d had to drink, to which Holland said “three beers earlier in the day.” Because Holland was swaying and slurring his words, the trooper tried to perform field-sobriety tests, but Holland refused to take them. 

He was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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