Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill was fined and given six months probation on charges of driving under the influence and striking a parked car.
Caudill, 67, was sentenced Wednesday in Oklahoma City Municipal Court. Her first name is spelled “Carolin” in municipal court records.
Caudill entered an Alford plea on both counts, defense attorney Shawn Jefferson said. An Alford plea is a guilty plea without an admission of guilt. “It's like a no contest plea,” Jefferson said.
On Sept. 17, Caudill was found in a parked car that was heavily damaged on the passenger side. It was on a lawn at 7949 N McKinley Ave. Police noted a strong odor of alcohol on Caudill and reported her eyes were bloodshot and watery. She was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Caudill was booked in the Oklahoma County jail and released on bail about four hours later.
She paid $1,219 in fines Wednesday on the driving under the influence charge, Jefferson said. She is expected to pay an additional $400 in costs and fees next week, he said.
Additionally, Caudill was given a $400 fine on the charge of striking an unattended vehicle, Municipal Court Administrator Stacey Davis said.
She also owes $1,100 in various court costs and fees, Davis said. That number likely will increase during her probation term of six months, he said.
The terms of that probation and the frequency of visits has not been determined, but if Caudill completes all requirements, the DUI charge will be dismissed with court costs at a Nov. 26 court date, Davis said.
The traffic charge will remain on her record.
Jefferson said Caudill has received treatment for alcohol abuse since her arrest.
“She’s gone above and beyond and done everything you can do. She did everything required by statute and more,” he said.
She declined to comment, Jefferson said.
“She’s glad this is behind her, and is ready to move forward and complete her requirements,” he said.
The incident was not her first case in municipal court.
Caudill reportedly weaved in and out of three lanes of Lake Hefner Parkway and the highway shoulder near Britton Road the night of May 6, 2011, before striking the passenger side of another northbound car, according to an Oklahoma City police report. Caudill then drove home and put her car in the garage.
She was facing a count of leaving the scene of an accident in Oklahoma City municipal court, but pleaded no contest to speeding and was given unsupervised probation, Davis said. She completed probation on June 2012.
Caudill began her fifth term as county clerk in January 2013.