Tahlequah Daily Press

November 5, 2013

Haskell man arrested after running off road

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Haskell man Sunday after he ran off the road and was stuck in a ditch.

Robert Grady Dixon, 29, was booked for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Callers told deputies Dixon ran off the road and was stuck. Dixon smelled of alcohol, according to Deputy Josh Girdner, and claimed he ran off the road trying to avoid a deer that ran out in front of him.

Dixon told Girdner he had been in the ditch for about an hour. He also allegedly admitted he had consumed a couple of beers earlier that day.

Dixon refused to take a state’s test to determine his breath-alcohol content, and was arrested. Girdner said Dixon then admitted, while being taken to jail, that he hadn’t swerved to miss a deer, but instead fell asleep behind the wheel and ran off the road.

He also changed his mind and agreed to take the state’s test. According to Girdner, Dixon had a BAC of .13.