A police report in the drunken-driving arrest of Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill said she had difficulty standing, was swaying and had to lean on a patrol car to keep her balance.
The report quoted her as telling an Oklahoma City police officer: “You don't know what you did. You could've let me go home.”
Caudill, 67, was arrested Tuesday night by Oklahoma City police on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident without required notice, according to the report concerning her arrest.
Oklahoma City police were called about 8:40 p.m. to the area of NW 79 between N McKinley Avenue and Military Avenue on a report of a drunken driver who had hit a parked vehicle.
A Nichols Hills police officer found Caudill in a parked car on the northwest part of the lawn at 7949 N McKinley Ave. Both officers observed heavy damage on the passenger side front corner of the 2008 Mercedes that Caudill had been driving, the report said.
The Oklahoma City police officer noted he immediately smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Caudill and that her eyes were bloodshot and watery.
The officer decided not to do a standardized field sobriety because of her condition and out of concern for her well being. Caudill refused a blood-alcohol breath test, according to the report.
Caudill told the officer she was sorry and that she could not believe she was in this situation.
Caudill was booked at Oklahoma County jail about 10:30 p.m. and was released on bail about four hours later. Her bail was $1,270.
According to Oklahoma City police procedure, people booked on alcohol or drug-related complaints will be held a minimum of four hours to ensure that when the inmate is released, that person will not endanger the public or himself or herself.
Caudill, serving her fifth term as county clerk, could face the possibility of being removed from office for official misconduct under state law.
Caudill did not return calls seeking comment Thursday.