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Miami, OK, police officer faces perjury charge

by Nolan Clay Published: May 20, 2014
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A Miami, OK, police officer was accused in a perjury indictment Tuesday of making false statements in a court affidavit about the 2013 arrest of a drunken driving suspect.

Teresa Lashmet, 36, was put on administrative leave with pay in October after the suspect’s attorneys obtained a video recording that contradicted her affidavit.

The recording came from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper’s dashcam.

The multicounty grand jury alleged Lashmet lied when she reported that the driver, after being stopped on May 14, 2013, “immediately got out of his truck.”

Grand jurors alleged Lashmet also lied when she testified in March before them about her preparation of the affidavit. The grand jury meets in Oklahoma City.

Lashmet is facing two counts of perjury and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. All three counts are felonies. She could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

Three other Miami officers also were put on administrative leave last year over the arrest. Only Lashmet was indicted.

The driver, Jerry Dean Payne Jr., 36, was charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving under the influence after his arrest but prosecutors dropped the case in October.

Payne is now suing the city of Miami, the state, Lashmet, another Miami officer and the trooper over his arrest.

The lawsuit — which alleges excessive force and wrongful arrest — is pending in federal court in Tulsa.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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