Tahlequah Daily Press

April 11, 2013

Intoxicated man arrested after taking mom’s car

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 21-year-old Tahlequah man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly taking a car from his mother while he was intoxicated.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Moore said he was asked to take a stolen-vehicle report on North 525 Road, where Bryan David Sanders allegedly took a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban from his mother.

Moore said he passed Sanders driving that vehicle on the Bertha Parker Bypass and turned around to follow it. Sanders allegedly sped up, drove left of center several times, and turned into the Wheeler Addition, where Moore conducted a traffic stop.

Moore said the vehicle smelled of alcohol, and Sanders was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the car. He also did not have a valid driver’s license, and allegedly admitted he had consumed two beers and two shots of liquor.

Sanders allegedly declined to take an implied consent test, and told deputies his lawyer told him after his last DUI arrest not to take the test.

Deputies said Sanders has been arrested several times for DUI.

He was booked into jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence second or subsequent, driving under suspension, and no insurance.