Tahlequah Daily Press

January 28, 2014

Tahlequah woman arrested for DUI fought with officers

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies say a woman stopped and arrested for driving under the influence fought with officers Sunday morning.

Corrina Lynn Wright, 47, of Tahlequah, was booked into jail for DUI, obstruction, resisting, no driver’s license, running a stop light and failure to maintain lane.

Deputy Jarrick Snyder said he was behind Wright at a stop light, and when the light turned green, Wright failed to proceed. The light eventually turned red again, and Wright then traveled through the light, swerved as she drove, and then ran into a curb. Snyder stopped Wright just off of U.S. Highway 62.

“I had to announce my presence several times and tapped [Wright] on the shoulder before she looked at me,” Snyder reported. “I asked her if she was OK and she continued to stare at me, not speaking.”

Snyder said Wright smelled of alcohol, and did not respond when asked if she had been drinking. Snyder asked Wright to get out of her car so he could perform sobriety tests on her, but she fell into the door.

“I asked her to have a seat in her car and she asked why,” Snyder said.

Wright allegedly began to point to a business and told deputies she lived “right there.” She then asked Snyder if they “really had to do this,” and asked to be let go because it was “no big deal.”

Wright allegedly refused to get back into her vehicle when Snyder asked her to sit so she wouldn’t fall. When deputies tried to arrest Wright, she allegedly raised a clinched fist and fought with deputies. Wright was taken to a local hospital to receive a blood test and was belligerent toward Snyder and hospital staff, Snyder wrote in his report.

Once Wright was booked into jail, she allegedly told officers she had consumed six glasses of wine. Snyder said deputies found an unopened bottle of whiskey in Wright’s car, along with a pill bottle.