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Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 2, 2014

A former state senator and candidate for Cleveland County commissioner was arrested early Saturday on a complaint of drunken driving.

Cal Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was arrested by Lexington police about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. An arrest report from Lexington police was not available Saturday.

Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

He was elected Senate president pro tem in January 2003 and re-elected to the post in January 2005. He resigned that leadership position in March 2005 at the request of fellow Democrats.

He remained in the Senate until leaving in 2006 because of term limits.

This is the third time since 2013 Hobson has been arrested in a drunken driving incident. He was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving in 2013, and in May he was charged with aggravated driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and attempting to bribe an officer, court records show.

Prosecutors accuse Hobson of offering to make a Noble police officer, David Gazaway, the police chief if the officer would “cut him a break.”

Hobson was released about 3:30 p.m. Saturday from Cleveland County jail in Norman after posting bail.