OHP made 13 DUI arrest on New Year's holiday

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Updated: 1/01 5:22 pm Published: 1/01 11:26 am

It was the third year multiple Green Country law enforcement agencies teamed up to crack down on New Year's Eve DUIs.

Wednesday morning the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is calling the efforts a success.

This partnership focused in on the hours of 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The OHP, ABLE Commission and Tulsa Police all played a role.

TPD added 10 extra officers to the shift to catch drunk drivers and 30 undercover officers also went into find people who were too drunk at the bars and clubs.

Some people were arrested for public intoxication and were prevented from getting out on the roads and driving.

"If we go to bars and people are already intoxicated and causing problems, we are going to go ahead and take them to jail there. Cause in public any place that's open to the public you can't be intoxicated…even in a bar," said Eric Smoot with the ABLE Commission.

TPD was also busy on the roads. Around 1:30 a.m. police believe the driver of a truck hit a power pole and knocked out power to houses near the 600 block of South 67th East Avenue..

“While talking to him more, he finally admitted that he was the driver and that hit the pole. And he tried to go get some help. He is intoxicated of course it's New Year’s Eve,” said Sgt. Darren Bristow with Tulsa police.

TPD made multiple arrests for DUIs.

OHP arrested 13 people for DUI and did compliance checks on 15 different businesses around Tulsa County.

Here are the OHP crackdown numbers:
  • DUI arrests: 13
  • TOC (Transport open container): 4
  • Drug arrests: 1
  • Total traffic citations & warnings: 136
  • Bars and drinking establishments checked: 15
  • One felony arrest for selling liquor to a minor.
  • No reported collisions during the special emphasis from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
AAA also offered tipsy tow service to take people and their cars to their homes. FOX23 found out that about 220 people used this service around Oklahoma.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/1/2014 7:27 PM
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Germanyjon #8 ^ ]] I agree wholeheartedly. If oklahoma (wonder why the internet does not capitalize oklahoma?) would focus more on benefiting its citizens; rather than beat them down, this might be a nicer place to live. Instead our politicians are more concerned with keeping our citizens in concentration camps for victimless crimes. We definitely need better leadership at our helm instead of some promiscuous alley cat who gets her kicks out checking the efficiency of some HyPo's baton. Free oklahoma from the tyranny of these backwoods reveynooers (I spelled it like that so that these hicks could understand it) and move our state into the present where we can exist with the rest of modern society. Until that happens we might as all we'll be living in nazi germany. Zelig Heil commandant.

germanyjon - 1/1/2014 5:44 PM
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I have to laugh about Oklahoma's Able Commission.....as a native Oklahoman, I'm always reminded of this state's backwards pro-prohibition attitude towards drinking. While I'm not an advocate of binge drinking, responsible drinking is an acceptable practice. How about texting and driving? Now there is the danger. If we spent the money from the Able commission's budget to fight child neglect/hunger in this state - THAT would be a more honorable endeavor.

Unwashed Mass - 1/1/2014 1:49 PM
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"He is intoxicated of course it's New Year’s Eve,” said Sgt. Darren Bristow with Tulsa police." Yes, of course, why waste money on due process, civil rights, trial by jury and all that constitution nonsense?

Unwashed Mass - 1/1/2014 1:44 PM
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They met their quotas to be able to collect the grant money. The video is NOT how these normally work, when the cameras are gone they demand IDs from everyone and check for traffic tickets etc. under the pretense of "verifying age." If you dont volunteer your drivers license you are arrested for public drunk. These police are crooked as sin but as long as they put on a show for the media we seem to tolerate it. Reporters should be more critical and less enablers.
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