theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Local News

August 16, 2013

Man arrested after officer observes erratic driving

Ada —

A man sitting at a stop light wouldn’t ordinarily attract too much attention — especially the unwanted kind.

Jerry Griffin, 32, of Ada, was waiting for the light to change at Main and Broadway. He was in the proper turn lane.

Ada police detective Kathi Johnston noticed Griffin had stopped several feet short of the intersection. 

Johnston began watching as Griffin pulled into the parking lot of Love’s Country Store.

As Johnston continued east on Main Street, she saw Griffin pull through the parking lot and then back onto Main Street.

Johnston drove around the block and got behind Griffin again to see what else she might observe. 

The driver was now too far to the right. According to the report, Griffin eventually made a wide left turn onto North Stonewall, at which time Johnston decided to turn on her emergency lights so she could speak personally with Griffin.

While Griffin was telling Johnson he was on his way to his girlfriend’s house, the detective reportedly noticed a strong odor of alcohol. She also reported that his eyes were glassy and red.

“I’m not going to lie to you,” Griffin reportedly told Johnson. “Yes, I have been drinking.”

She asked him why he had pulled through Love’s parking lot. He told her he was going to get more beer.

Johnson told him he didn’t appear to need more alcohol.

Griffin agreed with her.

The detective put Griffin through a field sobriety test. In the process, she was able to detect six out of six clues in determining intoxication.

She also invited him to take the state’s implied consent test.

He declined. “No, ma’am.”

Upon doing an inventory of the pickup, Johnson said she noticed a foam cup in the center console containing a reddish liquid smelling “strongly of liquor.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Stocks
Poll

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
Hamas
     View Results