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Roland man gets 2nd DUI in 40 days

Friday, July 16, 2021 - Roland man was arrested June 28 and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, his second DUI in 40 days, court documents show.

Buddie Eugene Brown, 54, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted on the felony charge. In addition, he may also face a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant's expense, or he may face treatment, imprisonment and a fine.

Brown was released on $3,600 bond and he is due in court at 1:30 p.m. July 21.

On June 26, a Sallisaw police officer was on patrol in the area of Cherokee Avenue and Jefferson Street when he saw a vehicle in which the driver was not wearing his seat belt. The officer activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Brown, who handed him his 30-day temporary license (issued to Brown by the OHP after a DUI he received 40 days before).

As the officer spoke with Brown, he noticed the man's bloodshot and glassy eyes. When asked if he'd had anything to drink, Brown stated that he was an alcoholic and admitted to drinking earlier in the day.

Brown was asked to step out of the vehicle and the officer performed several field-sobriety tests, which Brown failed. He was then arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail, where he told the jailer that the only way he could get help was to be admitted somewhere.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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