TULSA – The News On 6 reports a suspected drunk driver was arrested after crashing into another vehicle and was back behind the wheel only one hour later.
The accident allegedly happened at 31st and New Haven late on October 29. The accused driver, 53-year-old Frances Denise Elliott of Tulsa, was so drunk she could barely stand up when given a field sobriety test, according to the victim.
Apparently, Tulsa Police’s breathalyzer machine at the jail was broken, so the police officer only issued a ticket for the collision and drove Elliott home. When the crash victim returned to get pictures of Elliott’s car for insurance purposes, Elliott got back in the car, jumped a curb and drove away.
Elliott has been charged with drunk driving before. Court records show Elliott was charged with driving her Plymouth Lazer under the influence of alcohol at 63rd and Peoria in January 1993. Elliott pled guilty to impaired driving and was sentenced to 40 hours in the Tulsa County Municipal Work Program, DUI School and a fine of $400.
Tulsa Police officers are sworn to protect the citizens of Tulsa from drivers like Elliott. It is not clear why the officer did not take the suspect to a nearby hospital for a blood or urine test to determine Elliott’s sobriety, or lack thereof.
Tulsa streets would be much safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists if drivers like Elliott weren’t on the loose. Sadly, in this case, it appears the Tulsa Police Department did not enforce drunk driving laws with the same passion they reserve for park curfews.