Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - A Roland man was arrested June 2 and charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a felony, along with a pair of misdemeanors.
Seth Langdon O’Neal, 29, could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine, or a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant’s expense, or treatment, imprisonment and a fine.
O’Neal’s misdemeanor counts were for driving without a valid driver’s license and reckless driving.
On June 2, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was watching traffic near the intersection of Highway 64 and 64D when he spotted a black Dodge Challenger he clocked at 94 mph, well over the posted 60 mph zone.
When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle’s hazard lights came on and the car drove about ½ mile on the shoulder of the road before stopping in front of Cheyenne’s Gentlemen’s Club on Highway 64.
The deputy made contact with the driver, O’Neal. He noticed a strong smell of cologne coming from inside the vehicle. There was also an open beer can in the back seat of the car, and O’Neal had obviously spilled a drink on himself.
O’Neal readily admitted that his driver’s license was suspended, so the deputy asked him to come back to his patrol car. While O’Neal was walking toward the vehicle, the deputy noticed that he was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he smelled strongly of alcohol.
A driver’s license check showed that O’Neal’s license had been suspended because of a previous DUI.
He had been arrested for two DUIs in the last 10 years. O’Neal agreed to do some field-sobriety tests, which showed that he was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle.
Laura Brown, Staff Writer
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