Oklahoma City councilman Skip Kelly arrested in DUI

BY BRYAN DEAN Published: April 17, 2009

/> "I hold Skip Kelly as a friend,” McAtee said. "As his friend, I intend to stand by him and be of whatever assistance I can be as he works through this. I’m hurt that it happened to him, and I’m hurt for his family.”

Kelly was elected to the council to fill the last year in the term of Willa Johnson, who resigned after being elected an Oklahoma County Commissioner. He won his first full term on the council this month. He was unopposed in Ward 7, a historically hotly contested council seat.

City Clerk Frances Kersey said the city charter does not contain any provision regarding council members charged with or convicted of misdemeanors. No charges were filed in the incident as of Thursday afternoon.

Kelly spoke out for alcohol law
Kelly is a civil and criminal defense attorney who has defended people charged with DUI.

According to a database of Oklahoma court records, Kelly has multiple speeding tickets over the past 15 years, but has no criminal record and no arrests for driving under the influence.

Johnson said Kelly should know better, as an attorney.

"Hopefully he can get this behind him without affecting his work,” Johnson said. "It’s sad for this to happen to anybody, especially Skip Kelly.”

Kelly was a leading voice earlier this month as the council passed a social host law, which punishes adults who host parties where minors are served alcohol. Kelly chastised state lawmakers for failing to pass a similar law.

"It’s a shame that our state Legislature, Republican and Democrats, can not see the clear message out there that these children are getting involved in drinking at an early age and much of it is being provided in the homes by the parents introducing them to alcoholic beverages,” Kelly said at an April 1 council meeting. "Ultimately, somebody is going to get killed.”

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