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James arrested for driving after drinking three bottles of vodka

David Alan James

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - A Sallisaw man was charged Aug. 9 with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

David Alan James, 63, faces a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 20 years in prison or a minimum of 28 days of residential or inpatient treatment followed by not less than one year of supervision, periodic testing and aftercare at the defendant’s expense, 480 hours of community service following that period of aftercare and use of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 30 days.

He was also charged with transporting an open container of an intoxicating beverage, a misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on July 26, a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched shortly after 10:20 a.m. to the intersection of Dogwood and Ida streets after Pafford EMS requested an officer for an intoxicated person driving a silver car.

Pafford personnel said they were dispatched to the scene and found a man, identified as James, sitting in the driver’s seat of the silver car with the engine running. James told them he had been drinking all morning. EMS asked him to wait for police, but the man said he lived “right over there” and began to leave. The EMS team saw the car drive into a ditch, back out again and head toward home.

When police arrived, James was beginning to pull into the driveway. Officers made contact with him and got him to turn the vehicle off.

James admitted to drinking at least three bottles of vodka that morning and he refused to exit the car because he didn’t want to be arrested.

Other Sallisaw officers arrived and helped get James out of the car and he was transported to the Sallisaw Police Department.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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