Lesson No. 1 for lawbreakers who wish to drink and drive:
Make sure all your headlights and taillights are in good working order.
Turn them on if it’s dark outside, and don’t speed, don’t fib to the officer and don’t breathe on him.
Otherwise, you could wind up explaining:
• Why you have a defective taillight;
• Why you have the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle?
Michael Lynn Carpenter, 29, Ada, wound up answering such questions to Ada Patrol Officer Phillip Wood Wednesday morning in the 200 block of South Center.
Wood had pulled up to a stop sign at 13th and Center when he noticed the pickup next to him had a defective brake light.
Wood turned on his lights and stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of Center.
“I asked for a driver's license, and Carpenter said that he did not have one,” Wood said in his report.
The officer said he also smelled alcohol coming from the pickup.
Carpenter was asked to exit the vehicle and go through a series of field sobriety tests. The officer then described the difficulty the man had with the different tests and in following directions.
Once Carpenter was placed under arrest, he agreed to take the implied consent request for a breath test.
According to the report, the man registered 0.23 percent, or just under three times the legal limit for driving a vehicle in Oklahoma.
A passenger in the car, Jonna Carpenter, was also arrested for public intoxication. Officer Kathy Umbewust administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.
The vehicle was released to a friend while the two Carpenters are incarcerated.