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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • OHP troopers stay busy during holiday weekend

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  • Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, said area July 4 weekend statistics included two pursuits, 18 arrests, more than 150 citations, 18 collisions and 35 motorist assists.
    Statistics from Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore and encompassing Carter, Love, Johnston, Marshall and Murray, Garvin and Pontotoc counties, were tracked from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.
    Hampton said "patrolling" troopers made the 18 custodial arrests and were involved in the two vehicle pursuits. The arrests included:
    - Driving under the influence — 10
    - Felony drug charges — 2
    - Public intoxication ­— 1
    - Attempting to elude an officer — 1
    - Driving without a license or a suspended license — 4
    More than 150 speeding and/or no seatbelt citations were also issued, and troopers assisted 35 motorists experiencing vehicular malfunctions.
    "Troop F investigated 18 collisions which required two people to be admitted into hospitals. Three of those collisions involved an intoxicated driver," Hampton said.
    In addition to troopers assigned road duty throughout the holiday, Troop F also conducted a "No Refusal" operation. During a "No Refusal" operation, troopers use their authority under the Fourth Amendment to provide probable cause affidavits to judges concerning those believed to be driving under the influence. If the judge determines probable cause exists, he or she issues a search warrant for a blood sample from the driver. The search warrant allows OHP to provide documentary evidence (toxicology level) concerning intoxication to prosecutors.
    "No Refusal" operations have been conducted during the past 18 months throughout the state. However, those conducted during the July 4 holiday weekend in Carter, Marshall and Pontotoc counties only led to one refusal.
    "We only had one refusal, and that person was too physically combative to transport to the hospital for a blood draw," Hampton said.
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