DUI dismissed against Connexions guest blogger

by Joel on August 27, 2008

As some might recall, I was arrested and jailed in Bixby, Oklahoma on April 19, 2008 for driving under the influence of [prescribed] drugs. After a long afternoon of waiting at the municipal courthouse today for the results of a pre-trial conference, I received word from my attorney the case was being dismissed without costs upon the recommendation of the prosecutor. I wish to thank all of you who write for, comment at, or read Connexions in regard to the thoughts and prayers you have offered. I especially extend thanks to my attorney, David Tipton Ball of Stroud for his legal services, sleep specialist Dr. Neil Feldman of Florida for medico-legal issue professional consultation, the prosecutor for taking a serious look at the case, the judge for accepting the prosecutor’s recommendation, and of course, my family, my church family and loyal friends. And in the blogging world beyond Connexions, I give particular thanks to “John the Methodist” of Locusts and Honey for his ongoing and steadfast encouragement. I appreciated too, a thoughtful email from Zach Wendling of In the Agora that helped me to put the arrest in perspective, and supportive emails from a friend in Florida whose college-age son has narcolepsy, both of whom I met at the Narcolepsy Network Convention in Irving, Texas in October 2006.

Joel Betow
Stroud, Oklahoma USA

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

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Bene Diction 08.27.08 at 3:33 am

Excellent news Joel.

From April until now had to have been a long wait.

http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=3604

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Joel Betow 08.27.08 at 3:49 am

Bene,

Thanks for your support.

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Richard 08.27.08 at 9:23 am

That’s great news, Joel. It’s easy to be cynical about the legal system, but sometimes it gets things right. It must be a load off your mind.

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PamBG 08.27.08 at 9:47 am

Glad to hear your news. :-)

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Joel 08.27.08 at 10:09 am

Richard,

A load off my mind? Yes, but it was a load off of my pocketbook first. :-) — Granting that a certain family “saint” intervened. One thing that surprised me at first but thrilled me in the end was that although I was intially disappointed at a lack of support from some that I expected to share same, I was overwhelmed and humbled by grace displayed from some other quarters that I didn’t necessarily expect. God works in mysterious ways. Further, the saga was a bold reminder for me of the times, past and present, that I haven’t been “there” for someone who needed me. I appreciate what you, Kim, Bene and other “Connexions” folks have offered to me in sharing the Gospel light.

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Will 08.27.08 at 10:16 am

Great news, Joel. Glad it has all worked out.

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Beth 08.27.08 at 4:02 pm

Joel - great news. I’m only sorry about all the crap you had to get through on the way.

I also take medicine for narcolepsy, and it’s one of the main reasons that I’m reluctant to learn to drive. As you say in a previous post, you don’t want to be driving without the medication, but I do worry about the stated side effect “may impair judgement”. Lucky that I live in a pretty small city with decent public transport - and a bunch of friends who seem to think it’s their duty in life to take me on day trips in their cars!

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John 08.28.08 at 8:45 pm

Whoohooo! Good for you, Joel!

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Joel 08.30.08 at 11:10 pm

Thanks again for all who have given encouragement and shared in my joy and relief at the outcome.

Beth, in consultation with doctors and using one’s own judgment, all with narcolepsy must make decisions about driving. There may come a day when I either need to greatly cut back driving or give it up. I am committed to doing my best to be a safe driver. I respect your own decision on driving. As long as I am in local church appointments I will need to drive for farther distances for meetings and hospital visits. However, I have started walking for more local pastoral visits and am considering bicycling, too.

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