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Alcohol May Have Contributed to Rollover Crash

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ELGIN Okla_ It's New Year's Eve, and that means the police and highway patrol will be working overtime to make sure drunk drivers stay off the streets.

The mission started early for authorities in Elgin Tuesday. A woman rolled over her vehicle this morning on Tony Creek Road.  Investigators say alcohol and speed are suspected to be the cause.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tyrone Dixon said it appears the vehicle ran off the road, hitting a fence, a tree stump and then a power pole. Then, it completely rolled over.

The driver's husband was the first one to see the accident. He said he followed her after she showed up at their home appearing to be intoxicated.

"Initial reports show that she does have a history of drinking in the past," Dixon said. "We are still going to be awaiting the blood alcohol results when she gets to the hospital. Our main concern right now is to make sure that she is okay, due to the injuries sustained from this collision."

Dixon said it is likely that the driver will be charged with a DUI at the least, because open containers were found in her vehicle.

Dixon said it's apparent the driver started her New Year celebration a little early, and it ended with her in the hospital and possibly behind bars.

"That's one thing we'll be focusing on this evening," Dixon said. "We will be looking for speed as well as impaired drivers, speed being too fast or too slow. Both can be indicators that someone is driving while impaired."

It's unfortunate this driver had to be an example of what could happen if you choose to drink and drive. Dixon said highway patrol won't just be on the highway, they'll also be on county and city roads.

"Don't take that risk," Dixon said. "Someone may feel fine when they're leaving a party, but they get down the road and all of the sudden it hits them. It's just not worth it. Don't drink and drive, period."

Dixon said having a designated driver or calling a cab is the only safe option.

"It's better to do that even if it takes them a while to get there," Dixon said. "You're going to end up going to the hospital or even to jail."

If you plan on going out and drinking this holiday, make sure to have a plan, so you're not tempted to drink and drive. If you are out and sober, watch out for those who didn't make the smart choice.



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