Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - A Roland man was arrested May 10 and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a felony.
Buddie Eugene Brown, 54, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, as well as a minimum of 28 days of residential or inpatient treatment followed by 90 days of aftercare at the defendant's expense, 240 hours of community service following the aftercare and use of an ignition interlock device or treatment, imprisonment and a fine.
Brown was also charged with transporting an open container of an intoxicating beverage, a misdemeanor. His bond was set at $7,000.
On May 10, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was operating radar on U.S. Highway 64 near County Road NS 4810 when he saw a maroon four-door car traveling east with its driver not wearing a seat belt, prompting the trooper to initiate a traffic stop.
As the trooper approached the vehicle's driver's side, the male driver, identified as Brown, exited the vehicle and handed the trooper his Oklahoma driver's license. The trooper noted the man's extremely red face, bloodshot eyes and pinpoint pupils.
The trooper then had Brown return to sit in his vehicle while he ran Brown's information through dispatch, which alerted him that Brown's license plate was expired.
When the trooper had Brown step to the rear of his vehicle to see the expired tag, the trooper noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the car. Asked how much he'd had to drink today, Brown said “half a pint of Evan Williams.” He admitted that a container in the car's cupholder was filled with alcohol.
The trooper then performed several field-sobriety tests on Brown, which he failed. He was then placed under arrest and transferred to the Sequoyah County Jail.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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