Tahlequah Daily Press

May 15, 2013

Man picked up at home, drunk, after Jeep wreck

Staff Writer

HULBERT — Tahlequah police arrested a man early Tuesday morning after coming across an overturned Jeep on Southridge Drive.

Tahlequah Officer Cody Warren said he was patrolling in Southridge when he saw the white Jeep Wrangler turned on its side in the road. The Jeep had driven over a light pole, and the driver was nowhere in sight.

Warren said he found a wallet with an identification card belonging to David W. McCarter, 38.

Officer Brandon Vick and Cherokee Nation Marshal Preston Oosahwee went to the address listed on the ID card and found McCarter, who was “very intoxicated,” Warren said.

“He had scratches and red marks from the crash on the right side of his body,” Warren said.

McCarter was detained at his residence and taken back to the crash scene, where he allegedly told Warren he had been driving home when the Jeep crashed.

Police booked McCarter into jail for driving under the influence second or subsequent, driving under suspension and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.

McCarter allegedly refused to take a state test when officers tried to determine his level of intoxication.