- Ingvard Ashby
It doesn’t happen often, but an Oklahoma Republican representative went left of center. Unfortunately, it was while driving drunk, so instead of supporting expanded health care or reasonable gun laws, Rep. Dean Davis was pulled over for putting his constituents’ lives at risk. It seems like a new face will appear anytime you search “Oklahoma lawmaker DUI,” but the excuse is always the same: “a couple” of drinks at “a friend’s house.”
After failing the sobriety test, Davis “looked up at (the officer) and stated, ‘Do I have to call your police chief?’” according to Tulsa World. After telling Davis to put his hands behind his back, the police report states Davis continued to resist arrest and said, “I think you need to call your police chief.” When at the Broken Arrow jail, he again told officers to call the chief, which is a really good strategy if you want the arresting officers to hate your guts even more.
In his defense, this is Oklahoma, so it isn’t unreasonable for a white Republican lawmaker to think he can do-you-know-who-I-am himself out of a DUI. Except that he boasts on his campaign website that he will represent House District 98 “with a code of morals, ethics and professionalism.” But surely this elected official is not a hypocrite, right?
Fortunately for the concept of justice — something we don’t get to say nearly as often as we should — Davis was booked into the Tulsa County jail on complaints of DUI, speeding 11-15 mph and interfering with a police officer.
“There are aspects of this matter I intend to address in court, but I understand the very appearance of impropriety is unacceptable and apologize for putting myself in this position,” he said in a statement. “My role as a legislator carries the responsibly [sic] to lead by example, and in this case, I should have done better in that regard.”
He also says in the statement that he is embarrassed, deeply sorry and will ensure it does not happen again “while working through the due process of the justice system.” We’re guessing this means he’ll finally get a talk with the police chief and go back to drunk driving after the process is over.