Oklahoma State Rep. Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Felony DUI

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Back on Friday, August 2, 2019 Oklahoma State Rep. Dean Davis (R-Broken Arrow) was arrested for driving under the influence. He was booked into jail for DUI, speeding, and ‘obstructing or interfering with police officer’.

Rep. Davis, 47, made several calls from jail to elected officials to try and get help. The calls included talking to two fellow Republican House freshmen and leaving a voicemail for Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado. Davis asked his legislator friends to call the sheriff or city police chief to “help him out”. He told State Rep. T.J. Marti (R-Tulsa) that “This is not going to help Broken Arrow at all because they just made an enemy, and that’s not good at all.”

Then on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Davis was charged in Tulsa County District Court with felony DUI — the culmination of a recent arrest and a prior misdemeanor conviction.

On Friday SoonerPolitics.org reported that Davis is pleading ‘not guilty.’

Rep. Dean Davis Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Felony DUI
If Davis is found guilty of a felony, he is immediately expelled from office, by constitutional mandate.

Early last August, freshman lawmaker, Dean Davis of Broken Arrow, was arrested on a dark stretch of road in deep south Broken Arrow. The event was not recorded and Davis refused to provide samples for alcohol toxicity tests.

It’s not his first DUI charges, so, DA Steve Kunzweiler filed felony charges, given his previous guilty plea, years ago.

The only solid evidence is the many phone calls Davis made in the few hours after his detainment. Other than that, it’ll be a matter of who is more believable, to the district court.  Next court date in Oct. 28th.

The OSCN.net journal records this latest entry:

JUDGE DAVID GUTEN: DEFENDANT PRESENT, NOT IN CUSTODY, AND REPRESENTED BY BRUCE EDGE. ARRAIGNMENT HELD. DEFENDANT WAIVES READING OF THE INFORMATION AND FURTHER TIME TO PLEAD. DEFENDANT ENTERS A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY. PRELIMINARY HEARING SET FOR 10-28-19 @ 9 AM IN 344. BOND TO REMAIN. DEFENDANT RECOGNIZED BACK.

As SoonerPolitics pointed out, the State Constitution pointedly disqualifies felons from holding a legislative seat. If Davis is convicted of a felony, he will have to be removed from office.

Davis was elected in 2019 to represent District 98 — Tulsa and Wagoner counties including portions of Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Fair Oaks — in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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