Traffic stop for bad brake light results in arrest for driving under the influence

Last Friday around 11:15 p.m. Sapulpa Police Officer Kyle Masters observed a gray 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck traveling south on South Main Street approaching Taft Avenue. The vehicle was weaving in the inside lane and almost hit the curb. Additionally, the third brake light was inoperational on the vehicle. At this point Masters activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

The vehicle stopped on West Gordon Avenue near South Main Street.

Office Masters made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Dustin Gillett. Gillett (defendant) smelled strongly of alcohol, was slurring his words, and had watery, bloodshot eyes.

While running the defendant’s driver’s license Masters had him sit in his patrol car. He wrote him a warning for the defective brake light and asked him if he had been drinking. Gillett stated that he had just left a bar in Sand Springs where he had had three beers. Masters then asked him if he would be willing to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test to make sure he was able to drive and he agreed.

Masters observed multiple clues during the various tests that Gillett was impaired beyond the ability to drive. At this point he placed Gillett under arrest for driving under the influence and read the Oklahoma Implied Consent for a breath test. The defendant agreed to take the breath test.

After the standard 15 minute deprivation period the defendant had a 0.15 breath alcohol concentration. The Oklahoma limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.08.

A criminal history of Gillett showed a previous conviction for DUI in 2003 in Tulsa.

About the Author

Born and raised in Sapulpa, Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and is a former banker. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown with her husband Michael and to be contributing to The Sapulpa Times.

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