Arrest report released for Oklahoma state senator jailed in Texas on DWI complaint

Harry Edward Coates, 63, R-Seminole, was released from the Grayson County jail early Friday on $1,500 bail, police said.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: May 20, 2014

Police have released the arrest report for an Oklahoma state senator jailed on a driving while intoxicated complaint last week.

About 11 p.m. Thursday, Harry Edward Coates, 63, R-Seminole, was pulled over by Howe, Texas, police on southbound U.S. 75 near Farmington Road. A driver reported Coates driving erratically, according to the arrest report and a statement posted on the Howe Police Department’s Facebook page. Howe is about 40 miles south of Durant.

Coates showed signs of intoxication, struggled to maintain balance and was unable to complete field sobriety testing. He consented to have blood drawn at a local hospital, police said.

Coates was booked into the Grayson County jail late Thursday and was released early Friday on $1,500 bail, police said.

During Coates’ arrest, he told police it was his last day in office, however, the current legislative session could last as long as May 30. Coates is term-limited and will not run for re-election.

Coates has represented District 28, covering all or parts of Lincoln, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties, since 2002.

In 2009, Coates filed a bill that would have stiffened penalties against those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Senate Bill 1014 also was known as the Brandon Burgett Act, in memory of a relative of Coates’ who was killed by a drunken driver in 2008.

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