- Ada, Oklahoma

May 22, 2013

Malfunctioning taillight leads to woman's arrest

Art Lawler Staff Writer

Ada —

Once again, a malfunctioning taillight led to a traffic stop that resulted in more serious charges for an Ada resident Monday morning.

Ada Patrol Officer Brad Rhoads pulled over Kathleen Meeley, 45, in the 100 block of South Oak at about 12:25 a.m. 

During the stop, Rhoads learned Meeley did not have a driver’s license and could not provide proof of insurance.

Rhoads also smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. While giving Meeley sobriety tests, he reported she had difficulty with several of the roadside tests.

The officer then placed the woman under arrest for DUI and DUS.

While inventorying the vehicle with Officer Michael O’Connor, Officer Kevin Heck located an opened bottle of Barton Gin behind the driver’s seat and an opened pint of Tvarscki Vodka 80 under the seat.

The vehicle was towed by Cougar Wrecker for safekeeping. A female passenger in the car was released at the scene. 

Rhoads reported reading the Oklahoma Implied Consent Test Request form to Meeley,  but she refused to take the test.

Meeley, according to the police report, said she should not be getting a DUI because she passed the tests on the roadside.

Meeley also refused to sign the refusal portion of the affidavit.

She was then booked into Pontotoc County Justice Center on suspicion of DUI refusal, transporting an open container of liquor, no insurance and driving under suspension.