Records show Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill ducked police two years ago after her car sideswiped another vehicle

Caudill weaved in and out of Lake Hefner Parkway lanes 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.
by Matt Dinger Modified: September 21, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 21, 2013
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She was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident without required notice. She was released on $1,270 bail about four hours later.

She was not given a field sobriety test and declined a blood-alcohol breath test. Blood was not drawn for testing because it was not required in the circumstances, Wardlow said.

Her arraignment date is Nov. 12 in Oklahoma City municipal court.

Caudill's attorney, Shawn Jefferson, said she is sorry about what happened.

“Obviously she made a mistake,” he said. “It's a tragic situation. It's a sad deal.”

Accident reports show that she was involved in two additional accidents, one in 1995 and another in 2000. Neither of them indicates erratic driving by Caudill.

Caudill could face the possibility of being removed from office for official misconduct under state law.

Caudill did not return calls for comment.

Caudill was not at work Friday, said Danny Lambert, chief deputy finance director for the Oklahoma County clerk's office. Lambert said he did not know if she was in the office Tuesday or Wednesday, and could not say if she had taken leave.

Caudill took office in January for her fifth term as county clerk. She is one of eight elected county officials, including the three county commissioners and Sheriff John Whetsel.

District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan said the elected officials serve independently and have no authority over each other with regard to disciplinary matters.

Contributing:

Staff Writers Bill Crum and Tim Willert.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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