Oklahoma County clerk arrested on DUI complaint

Oklahoma County Clerk Carolyn Caudill was arrested Tuesday night on complaints of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, authorities said Wednesday.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: September 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013
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Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill was arrested Tuesday night on complaints of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, authorities said.

Caudill, who was first elected clerk in 1996, was booked into the Oklahoma County jail about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and released on bail four hours later, jail officials said.

Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Caudill was arrested after a hit-and-run accident but did not have a report on the incident.

Court officials said Caudill, 67, was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Her bail was $1,270.

Caudill did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

The arrest could cost Caudill her job. Title 51, Chapter 3 of the state statutes allows for the removal of county officers for official misconduct. The definition of misconduct includes “intoxication in any public place within the state produced by strong drink voluntarily taken.”

Attorney General Scott Pruitt would be responsible for investigating and beginning proceedings in a court to remove Caudill if directed by the governor, or if notified if 1 percent of the registered voters who voted in the previous county clerk's election sign a written complaint against her.

Such a hearing would be held either in Oklahoma County District Court or the state Supreme Court.

Caudill was re-elected last year. She is serving her fifth term as county clerk.


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