The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

May 3, 2014

Formal charges filed against mayor

PRYOR, OK — On April 14, Locust Grove Mayor Heath Holman was arrested for DUI in Delaware County.

He was booked into the Delaware County Jail and released on his own recognizance in lieu of a $1,000 bond later that night.

Monday, the Delaware County District Attorney's office formally filed a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated offense.

“As far as the delay between arrest and filling, that can be due to any number of factors,” said Assistant District Attorney Nick Lelecas. “He was released on his own recognizance, which is not uncommon.”

The charge being classified as an aggravated offense means Holman's blood alcohol content was over .15.

“It may not have been known that it was an aggravated offense at the time he was allowed to OR. Sometimes upon booking it is simply called a DUI, but when it comes to file charges the DA's office can find that it was an aggravated offense,” said Lelecas. “I'm not saying that's what happened here, but it's a possibility.”

Lelecas said this is an active case, and that Holman was ordered to return to court May 16 at 9:30 a.m.

According to Oklahoma state statute, a person charged with a DUI offense, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be sentenced to serve jail time, not less than 10 days and no more than one year, or fined up to $1,000.

Oklahoma State Statute, title 51 chapter one section eight, refers to elected officials of municipalities.

“Every office shall become vacant on the happening of any one of the following events before the expiration of the term of such office,” according to the statute. “Upon entering of a plea of guilty or no contest in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction for any felony or any offense involving a violation of his official oath.”

While the subject is addressed at the state level, the requirements, duties and responsibilities of a mayor are better addressed in the individual municipality’s code.

Some Locust Grove residents have begun discussing the circulating a petition calling for the removal of Holman from office.

 

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