Oklahoma City councilman Skip Kelly arrested in DUI

BY BRYAN DEAN Published: April 17, 2009
An Oklahoma City councilman arrested early Thursday on a drunken-driving complaint said he regrets the incident.

Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly, who recently won re-election unopposed, was pulled over by Oklahoma City police after someone called 911 about 2:30 a.m. to report a drunken driver.

"I regret that this unfortunate incident has occurred and the difficulty it has caused my family and my constituents,” Kelly said. "At this time I can’t say anything else. We’ll just let it go through the process.”

Police released a recording of the 911 call, which came from a motorist who said he noticed a car stopped in the middle of Interstate 35 and followed the car to a gas station at NE 36 and Interstate 35. The caller followed the driver north on Interstate 35 after he left the gas station.

"He’s going to kill somebody,” the caller told dispatchers.

The caller said the drunken driver was going 90 mph on the interstate and was "all over the road.”

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Steve McCool said an officer responding to the 911 call saw a car matching the caller’s description straddling lane lines as it exited Interstate 35 at Britton Road.

"The officer initiated a traffic stop, made contact with the driver and after that contact determined there was enough probable cause to believe driver was driving under the influence,” McCool said.

Kelly was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a complaint of driving under the influence, McCool said. He refused to take a breathalyzer test.

He spent about four hours in jail before being released about 9 a.m., said Mark Myers, a spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department.

Other council members saddened
Kelly is well-liked by his peers on the city council, many of whom said they were saddened by his arrest and would wait to comment until they knew more about the incident.

"It’s very early in what could be a lengthy legal process, and I’m willing to let that process play out,” Mayor Mick Cornett said.

Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee said he has spent a lot of time with Kelly since he first took office in January 2008.


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