Early on the morning of January 16, Sapulpa police arrested a local man on criminal charges including a subsequent DUI and failing to use an ignition interlock device, after he allegedly drove with his headlights off and refused to pull over for the officer. The police report indicated that 62-year-old Joseph Doyle Parnell is facing …
Early on the morning of January 16, Sapulpa police arrested a local man on criminal charges including a subsequent DUI and failing to use an ignition interlock device, after he allegedly drove with his headlights off and refused to pull over for the officer. The police report indicated that 62-year-old Joseph Doyle Parnell is facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop for an emergency vehicle, and not having an interlock device installed in his car, all of which may add up to felony charges and life-changing penalties for the Oklahoma man. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, contact our reputable DUI defense attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to discuss your possible defense strategies.
Oklahoma Man Charged With Drunk Driving
At approximately 1:45 a.m., Sapulpa police received information about a possible drunk driver hitting a pole in the 700 block of N. Ninth Street and Oklahoma 97 North. When the officer arrived on the scene, she saw a car that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle leaving a parking lot and driving north on Oklahoma 97 without its headlights on. After activating her emergency lights and siren, the arresting officer noted that Parnell continued for miles without stopping, before reducing his speed, turning onto 91st Street and finally coming to a stop. Parnell told police that he had been drinking beer and had taken the sleep aid Ambien three hours earlier. He agreed to take a field sobriety test, breathalyzer test and blood test. After blowing a .04g/210 L in the breathalyzer, Parnell was brought to St. John Sapulpa for the blood test.
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While preparing Parnell’s vehicle for impound, police noticed that it did not have an ignition interlock device, which the Oklahoma man was required to have installed as of January 4. Police records indicated that Parnell had a DUI in May 2008, and in 2009 was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, although he refused to take the State’s test in that case. If Parnell is convicted of a subsequent DUI, he could face a felony conviction, a significant prison term, hefty fines and revocation of his driver’s license, among other penalties. If you are facing charges for a DUI offense anywhere in Oklahoma, your first course of action should be to contact our knowledgeable DUI defense lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center. With our skilled attorneys on your side, you can significantly improve your chances of having your drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed altogether.