Video: Owasso vice mayor pulled over on suspected DUI

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Updated: 6/14/2013 8:37 am Published: 6/13/2013 8:35 pm

The video of a traffic stop for an Owasso city leader is causing some to ask if he was given special treatment.

"I would never take advantage of my position," said Kelley.

Kelley, a city councilman and also vice mayor for Owasso. He was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving on Feb. 1.

In an open records request, FOX23 News obtained the video from an officer's lapel camera that shows two recordings of the traffic stop.

Kelley was not jailed and he was given a ride home by officers.

The traffic stop happened AT 77th Street North and Highway 169. The video shows he told the officer he played basketball that night, had a few drinks and rough night.

"The reason I stopped you because you were going way over the dotted lines, “ says the officer.

Kelley admits he had been drinking earlier that night. He met  with FOX23 News for an interview to talk about what happened that night.

"It was 2 in the morning, I had a few drinks I was extremely fatigued and I knew there was a reason they pulled me over," said Kelley.

He told FOX23 News he was dealing with a personal matter. After three sobriety tests the officer told him he was under arrest.

“I think you have had a little too much to drink tonight, ok” says the officer. “You are going to be under arrest for DUI. Turn around and put your hands behind your back for me.”

However, on the video you hear the officer's supervisor over the radio finding out Kelley was an elected official.

Supervisor: "Yep that's him."

It wasn't Kelley who brought up his position in power.

Supervisor: "Is it Mr. Kelley?
Kelley "Yes sir.”
Supervisor: "Where do you do work at, sir?"
Kelley: “SAHO Animal Hospital.”
Supervisor: "Do you do any work for the city?”
Kelley: “yes sir.”
Supervisor: "What do you do for the city?"
Kelley: "I'm the vice mayor"
Supervisor: “OK, that's what I thought."

Kelley did not go to jail.

"I would never take advantage of my position in any way shape or form. I never once considered doing that," said Kelley.

Owasso Police Chief Scott Chambless told FOX23 News he doesn't support the supervisor's decision but recommends anyone suspected of DUI to be arrested and jailed.

However, he said it's the officer’s discretion and that supervisor was not breaking the law or policy.

"It should never involve favoritism, I don't believe this issue involve favoritism as much as it was in the supervisors mind as much as it did to preserve the image of the city," said Chambless. "I am very cautious about wanting to discipline someone for doing the right thing when they have not violated any policy."
Police gave Kelley a ride home. Kelley says he was not given special treatment.

"Absolutely not. At no point was I privy to any call being made," said Kelley. "I want to make the point that I fully understand that I made a mistake. I put myself in a bad situation."

During the nearly eight-minute video the part you don't see or hear is when the supervisor tells the officer to turn off his lapel camera.  

The chief told FOX23 News that is policy to keep the recordings but there are exceptions such as officers consulting with each other.

He said the policy of when the lapel camera should or should not be turned off is under review.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/14/2013 1:22 AM
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Fire the cop that did not know who the mayor was.

character99 - 6/13/2013 10:54 PM
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Dr. Kelley should step down immediately, there are plenty of other people with good character to not act in such a manner. Owasso citizens deserve better for their community!

LibertyOne - 6/13/2013 9:41 PM
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Favortism is exactly what happened here and Chris Kelly needs to be a man of character and 'step down'. M.A.D.D.
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