Man arrested on DUI complaint in Oklahoma City after daughter says he's passed out in vehicle

Timothy Thomas, 47, appeared drowsy and had “thick, slurred speech,” police said. He has 2010 conviction for driving under the influence.
by Tim Willert Published: July 19, 2012

Police arrested a man this week on suspicion of driving under the influence after his 13-year-old daughter said he was passed out behind the wheel of his truck, court papers show.

The girl was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which was running when Oklahoma City police were called July 17 to a parking lot in the 2300 block of W Interstate 240 Service Road, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.

She “needed help because her father … had passed out in their vehicle and was possibly under the influence of prescription medications,” police reported.

When police arrived, Timothy L. Thomas, 47, was in the driver's seat of the vehicle and appeared drowsy with “thick, slurred speech,” the affidavit states. He told police he drank two beers and taken Lortab, a prescription pain medicine.

Police reported finding prescription sleeping pills on Thomas, who has a 2010 conviction for driving under the influence. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment, records show. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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