“When you hear that speed, it's very frightening. It endangers him and it endangers the public,” Smith said.
Smith said she doesn't recall what, if any, extenuating factors led her to defer the sentence, which she termed unusual, but added she followed the recommendation of prosecutors.
“I don't mind telling you I'm very concerned about the speed,” Smith said. “I just think it's good to give a hard look at cases like this.”
Questions raised by The Oklahoman prompted Steve Kunzweiler, chief of the criminal division in the Tulsa County district attorney's office, to have a conversation with the prosecutor who handled the Degrate case.
“My kind of rule of thumb was if you were going more than 30 over, I was going to charge you with reckless, I didn't care what the trooper wrote,” Kunzweiler said. “If I had to do it all over again, I don't know that I would be giving this guy the option of deferred judgment.”
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100+ mph Speeders
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