Friday, October 13, 2023 - A Muldrow woman was charged Sept. 16 with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (aggravated).
Taylor Raye Nichols, 22, was also charged with transporting an open container of an intoxicating beverage and improper driving on a divided highway, both of which are misdemeanors.
DUI charges are punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $2,500, and/or a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant's expense.
According to law enforcement records, on Sept. 16, an Oklahoma state trooper was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash blocking South 44 road.
When he arrived, the trooper saw tire marks in the wrong lane of traffic and damage to a guardrail.
The trooper then spoke with Nichols, and while talking with her, the trooper smelled the odor of an alcohol beverage coming from her person. She also reportedly had bloodshot, watery eyes, was unsteady on her feet and had slow speech.
When she was asked what had happened that night, she stated that “a vehicle was in her lane,” causing her to crash.
The trooper discovered several open containers of alcohol behind the driver’s seat.
Nichols told the trooper that she was returning from a wedding, at which she admittedly drank an alcoholic beverage.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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