- Ada, Oklahoma

June 21, 2013

Restaurant fight ends in arrest for Ada man

Art Lawler Staff Writer

Ada —

A disturbance that began inside a local restaurant ended in the 100 block of East 15th with the arrest of an Ada man on suspicion of driving under the influence and transporting loaded weapons  in his vehicle about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Police identified the man as Jeremy Armstrong, 34, of Ada. 

When officer Brian Engel caught up to him in front of his address, he administered a variety of sobriety tests and, according to the police report, Armstrong scored 0.17, well over the legal limit of 0.08.

Engel placed Armstrong under arrest , and patrol officer Link Logan inventoried the man’s  black Ford Mustang.

The officer’s findings included the following items:

• A Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and 11 rounds; none of which were in the chamber. However, the magazine was loaded, according to Engel’s report;

• A loaded 40-caliber XD pistol in the glove box, along with two extra magazines, both of which were also loaded.

Armstrong was taken to Pontotoc County Justice Center and faces probable cause charges for DUI and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

Witnesses told police Armstrong had started a fight with another customer at the restaurant.

Engel got the man’s identity and drove to the address looking for a black Mustang — the one Armstrong was said to be driving.

Engel waited for several minutes near 15th and Rennie streets.  After a few minutes, he saw a dark-colored car stop at East 15th, then take off again. The car pulled over as if to stop, then drove away.  Armstrong later admitted to Engel  he had seen Engle's patrol car and knew the police had been called to the restaurant. 

Engel followed and was able to stop Armstrong in the 200 block of 14th Street. 

Armstrong admitted he was at the restaurant and knew there had been a disturbance, but he said the other individual had started the trouble.

According to the police report, Officer Engel smelled an odor on Armstrong’s breath he knew to be alcohol. He then got Armstrong to go through a series of field sobriety tests.  According to the police officer, Armstrong failed the tests on all counts.  

That’s when Engel placed Armstrong under arrest.