- Ada, Oklahoma

December 6, 2012

Car fire leads to DUI arrest for driver

Art Lawler Staff Writer
The Ada News

Ada —  

Two local police officers and the Ada Fire Department were called to a car fire that eventually spread to a homeowner’s fence about 4:27 a.m. Sunday and finally to a DUI for the driver of that vehicle.

After a brief investigation, Ada Police officer Brian Engel determined the home belonged to Monica Blue in the 3700 block of the Bloomfield Loop.

When Engel approached the blaze, he had noticed the vehicle had run up on the curb on the east side of the street and was facing south.

Ada Fire Department put out the blaze. Blue told Engel the car belonged to her relative, Dominique Chapman, who was inside the home. But Chapman told Engel he wasn’t driving the car that night that his cousin was.

The cousin, also in the home, was identified as Tyler Wilmoth, 18, Ada. He was asleep.

After Blue wiggled his foot several times, Engel said Wilmoth began to wake up.

The officer said he noticed the man had glassy eyes and slurred speech and appeared to be under the influence.

According to Engel’s report, once the man realized a police officer was in the room, he changed his story from being the driver of the vehicle.

Engel invited Wilmoth to go outside where Wilmoth was put through six levels of a sobriety test. Engel said Wilmoth failed all six, so he arrested him for DUI and also for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Wilmoth also agreed to take the Implied Consent for a breath test. The result came back at 0.19, or more than double the legal limit of alcohol in the blood stream.

Wilmoth was transported to Pontotoc County Justice Center where he was booked in for DUI under 21.

The vehicle, at the owner’s request, was removed from the property by Boyd’s Wrecker Service.