By Jeff Shultz
This past New Year’s weekend provided some excitement for area law officers while others reported a quiet holiday three-day period.
Most importantly, according to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, the weekend was a true test for the Garvin County 911 system as the countywide call center fielded a number of calls for various law enforcement agencies over the holidays.
The 911 Center has recently started dispatching for several law enforcement agencies in the county, including the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.
The biggest test, Rhodes said, came when the 911 Center started getting a multitude of calls of a driver on I-35 driving north bound in the south bound lanes.
“The calls started coming in around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the car had been spotted near the Pauls Valley exit driving northbound in the southbound lanes. He was finally stopped near mile marker 83 on I-35,” Rhodes said.
Arrested for Driving Under the Influence and possession of marijuana was 48-year old Mark Carlton of Pauls Valley.
According to Rhodes, this was Carlton’s second DUI arrest in 10 years, thus making the offense a felony.
Rhodes commended the 911 operators during the whole ordeal, noting the operators kept him and his deputies apprised of the situation as the calls were coming in from motorists on I-35.
There were three other DUI arrests made over the holiday weekend, Rhodes said.
A Garvin County Sheriff’s Deputy witnessed a 4-wheeler wreck while patrolling near Erin Springs.
The driver of the 4-wheeler fled on foot and was later apprehended after a short pursuit.
Levi Robinson, 21, of Weatherford was arrested for DUI. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Stephens County.
Shortly before midnight Saturday night, Deputy Brian Stuckey attempted to stop a vehicle south of Stratford on a county road.
A pursuit followed and ended when Robert Lynch, 55, of Stratford crashed his vehicle into a nearby field.
Lynch was arrested for DUI. He suffered some minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Norman Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Another DUI arrest was made around 10 p.m. Saturday, Rhodes said.
Weston Brooksher, 31, of Wynnewood was pulled over and charged with DUI near Klondike Road and Airline.
While Sheriff’s deputies were busy with DUI suspects, other law enforcement agencies in the county reported a quiet New Year’s weekend.
Maysville Police Chief Adam McMillen told the News Star he had three officers on duty during the holiday weekend.
“Actually, it was very peaceful. We didn’t have any problems at all,” he said.
A small bar ditch fire Monday night provided the most excitement for emergency responders, he said.
“The fire was in front of Mark Roberts’ house. It was contained mostly to the ditch it was in,” McMillen said.
Meanwhile, Stratford Police Chief Scott Collier reported a peaceful New Year’s as well.
“We had several officers out and we mostly had traffic stops but no arrests. All in all, I’d say it was a very quiet New Year’s,” Collier told the News Star.