A 33-year-old Gans man was arrested Sept. 20 in Sallisaw and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a felony that carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000.
Joshua Hirsch was also charged with two misdemeanors: driving on a suspended license and transporting an opened container of an alcoholic beverage. He was released on $5,000 bond.
According to police reports, on Sept. 20, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the county when he saw a maroon Chevrolet Equinox traveling well below the posted speed limit of 65 mph. As the deputy followed the car, the driver of the Equinox would speed up and then slow down again. When the vehicle sped up it crossed the yellow dividing line then crossed the white line on the shoulder of the road, prompting the deputy to perform a traffic stop.
The vehicle pulled over on County Road 4577 and the driver, Hirsch, immediately exited the car and staggered toward the deputy. Hirsch was ordered to get back into his vehicle. Once back in the car, Hirsch admitted his driver’s license had been suspended and the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hirsch. In the cup holders of the Equinox, the deputy also noticed two cans, one already opened, of Keystone beer,
The deputy had Hirsch perform several field-sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. Hirsch was then placed under arrest and a check with dispatch revealed that Hirsch had two DUI refusals in 2012. He was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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