OKC Councilman Arrested on DUI Complaint

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 1:39 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Councilman Skip Kelly is free on bond after being arrested early Thursday morning on a driving under the influence complaint, police said.

The Ward 7 councilman was arrested about 2:30 a.m. near Interstate 35 and Britton Road, police Capt. Steve McCool said.

"After a brief contact with the driver, he had enough probable cause to determined that the driver was driving under the influence," said Capt. Steve McCool.

A 911 caller reported a drunk driver near N.E. 36th Street and Interstate 35, McCool said.

A police officer spotted Kelly's car and pulled him over for suspicious driving and took him into custody, McCool said.

Kelly refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was taken to Oklahoma County Jail and released about 9 a.m. McCool said this was a first-offense.

Police released a 911 tape of the man who alerted police. His name was not released.

"He is all over the road," the caller said.

"I'm concerned for the public because he is bad.

"Man he took off like crazy.

"I'm running 70 and he's going to kill somebody.

"I'm running 80 and this drunk man is going 90."

On March 31, Kelly cited the dangers of drinking when he and other City Council members approved an ordinance setting a fine of $1,200 and six months in jail for adults who host parties where minors are given alcohol.

"It's a shame that our state Legislature, Republican and Democrats, cannot see the clear message out there that these children are getting involved in drinking at an early age and much of it is being provided in the homes by the parents introducing them to alcoholic beverages," Kelly said. "Ultimately, somebody is going to get killed."