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Man claims to have no idea how he got in driver's seat

October 6, 2011

An Oklahoma City man who was
allegedly found passed out behind the
wheel of his vehicle while parked on a
county road near Spiro has been formally
charged by the LeFlore County District
Attorney’s Office with being in actual
physical control of a motor vehicle while
under the influence. Since this is his
second or subsequent offense, the charge
is a felony that could result in prison
time if convicted.
Timothy Scott Carter, 32, of Oklahoma
City, was arrested on September 21 after
a passerby reported a vehicle parked in
the road.
According to the affidavit filed by
Trooper Ron Shatsar, Oklahoma Highway
Patrol, when he arrived on scene, he
spoke with Spiro Police Officer Michael
Draper who had responded to the call to
assist a LeFlore County Deputy who was
enroute.
Draper reportedly told Shatsar that
when he located the 1991 Chevy four
door red car, he discovered Carter asleep
behind the wheel while the car was still
running. Draper was able to wake Carter
who was standing outside his vehicle
when Shatsar arrived.
According to the report, when Shatsar
questioned Carter about the incident, he
claimed a friend had been driving and
had run off leaving him asleep in the
vehicle but he was unsure how he had
ended up in the driver’s seat.
Shatsar reported that Carter staggered
as he walked and his speech was slurred.
He also noted that Carter smelled of
alcohol. When the trooper asked Carter
to take a breath test to determine if he
was under the influence of alcohol, he
allegedly replied that there was no way
he was that drunk. Carter refused to take
the breath test and was placed under
arrest for driving under the influence –
apc (actual physical control).
Carter was transported the LeFlore
County Detention Center and booked on
the alcohol related charges. He is currently
free on a $3,000 bond awaiting his
next court appearance.

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