Tahlequah Daily Press

January 14, 2014

Jay man found drunk in car

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A man sought by Delaware County authorities was arrested in Tahlequah last week after he was allegedly found drunk inside a vehicle.

Richard Byrd Tagg, 25, of Jay, was booked into jail for actual physical control, transporting an open container, no driver’s license and no insurance. He was given a $4,000 bond on local charges, and was still jailed Monday on a hold for Delaware County.

Tahlequah Officer Brad Robertson said police learned of a reckless driver Friday afternoon and responded to South Muskogee to find the car. Robertson noticed the vehicle backed into a parking spot at a dentist’s office. The motor was running, and Tagg was staring straight ahead, according to Robertson.

“I tried to make contact with the driver and saw a bottle of malt liquor between the driver’s legs,” Robertson wrote in his affidavit. “The vehicle door was locked and the driver refused to open it.”

Tagg eventually rolled down a window, and Robertson was able to unlock the door and turn off the car’s ignition. Tagg was unable to stand without assistance, according to Robertson. He was taken into custody and transported to jail after refusing to take a state’s test that would have determined his breath-alcohol content.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com