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May 9, 2014

Tahlequah man popped for DUI near Murrell Home

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man was arrested early Thursday morning near the Murrell Home on Park Hill Road after a sheriff’s deputy noticed the man driving left of center.

Jean Curtis Mathis, 74, was arrested for felony DUI, and driving under revocation, after losing his license in 2001 for drunken driving.

According to a report, Deputy Tony Aguilar stopped Mathis after the suspect was seen driving left of center a little after 1 a.m. near the Murrell Home. The deputy stated Mathis bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech, and the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

When Aguilar asked Mathis for his driver’s license and insurance card, Mathis produced only his insurance card. The deputy asked for Mathis’ license a second time, and Mathis fished around in his pocket for his wallet, then couldn’t find the document in his wallet.

At that time, Mathis held out the wallet to Aguilar and said, “You look.” Aguilar found the license, then conducted a field sobriety test. Mathis had to have test instructions repeated several times, and began begging the deputy to let him go home.

Mathis was arrested for suspicion of DUI, and while sitting in the patrol vehicle, he was informed and consented to a breathalyzer test upon arrival at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

But once Mathis arrived at CCDC, he refused to take the breathalyzer test.

He was promptly booked in for felony DUI and driving under revocation.

tsnell@tahlequahdailypress.com

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