It isn’t possible for me to go into all the details at this time, but I was arrested last night and spent about 10 hours in the Bixby, Oklahoma Municipal Jail. Bixby is a city of about 20,000 located in Tulsa and Wagoner Counties in Oklahoma. The night in the slammer followed a somewhat uncomfortable (handcuffs really don’t feel good, though I had guessed as much) ride to Tulsa’s SouthCrest Hospital for blood samples. I was treated well, although the windowless, 9 x 12 cell felt confining and the ever present light was somewhat irritating. I didn’t get a pillow, but the matress was fairly new and a lot more comfortable than a night spent in a sleeping bag layed out on the ground. I slept for a while, then walked about 4/10 of a mile in the cell, then slept some more. Breakfast was good. I was treated well by the arresting officer, a former pastor, and the night crew, but insultingly and rudely by several of the morning crew. My request for their identification and badge numbers was refused with threatening language. I was released this morning at around 10:30 a.m., after my older brother paid my $545 bond. For $132, I retrieved my Honda Civic from impoundment. An intended charge of driving under the influence of alcohol wasn’t pursued after the breathalyzer test revealed an absolute zero alcohol content. So far, Barack Obama has not elected to return my campaign contributions, so maybe this won’t be a national scandal. Now what will be the reaction of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church? We shall see.
I am scheduled for a court appearance on May 6. Please keep me in your prayers or if you wish contact me at jtb21967 (with an abode of aoldotcom) that would be welcome, too. It is best that I not discuss other charges or the particular circumstances of the arrest. However, up to that “wondrous” hour I had spent my day-off enjoying the wonderful sunshine, ordering a refill on my narcolepsy medicine, picking up prescriptions in Bristow, Oklahoma, a nearby small town where my paternal grandparents once ran a court-style motel; watching the movie 88 Minutes at the Tulsa Southroads AMC 20 Theater using a gift card given to me by my younger brother for my birthday a couple of weeks ago; browsing Barnes & Noble; purchasing a new network card at Circuit City, exercise equipment at Academy Sporting Goods, then visiting my older brother and his family in Tulsa and finally buying some birthday items for my younger brother at Wally World in or near Bixby before heading for home. Uh, yes, I paid for all the items. The trivia listings are mainly to show how ordinary most of the day was.
I purchased the excercise equipment at Academy to get in better shape for a Tulsa Youth Services 5K run in Tulsa on June 14, to be held in memory of my late nephew, Bart Betow, May 13, 1987 - September 15, 2005. Speaking of Bart, I would also like to lift up his cousin, Corey Lovato, of Colorado, who broke his neck in a snowboarding accident a year ago. It has been a real struggle for him and his family, but I understand he is mustering the determination, grace and courage more than proportionate to the frailty of the human condition.
Tonight at church we are having a Seder Service with full meal hosted by the inspiring, dynamic, witty and Jewish wife of one of our church members; I can’t say I have done much but watch some of the preparations. Just as I was arriving back home early this afternoon, my younger brother text-messaged that he planned to stop by on his way to Oklahoma City. He just stayed for a short while as I had a phone call to make about a young church member seriously injured in an auto accident. However, his visit was very encouraging. Anyway, the accident victim is now being treated at the OU (University of Oklahoma) Medical Center in Oklahoma City for multiple breaks and abrasions but should pull through fine after some surgeries and rehab. Prayers are appreciated for this young lady.
UPDATE. I am adding to this post a response I made in the comments section to clarify that it is the details of the day, etc. that should not be shared at this time, but that the information that is of public record can be shared. The comment I added reads:
I should clarify maybe that there were only two charges:
1. Driving under the influence of drugs.
2. Improper lane use.
All the drugs in my system were legally prescribed, but Oklahoma is a state where the legality of the drug is not admissable with respect to the charge of driving under the influence.
Oklahoma has some of the harshest laws in the nation regarding driving while taking legally prescribed drugs.
There is a ‘damned if you do” and a “damned if you don’t” aspect at work. For instance, if one is in accident resulting in the death of another, the failure to take a presribed narcolepsy medicine can result in a charge of vehicular manslaughter. On the other hand, if you are in an accident resulting in death and have taken the narcolepsy medicine, you can be charged with driving under the influence.
Stroud, Oklahoma USA