Over the holiday weekend only one individual was taken to jail in Pushmataha County by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for driving while impaired or driving under the influence, and it wasn’t a resident of the county.
On December 30, 2011 at approximately 6:35 p.m., Trooper Tommy Allen was traveling north on HWY 271 south of Finley and a black Honda car was traveling the same direction in front of the Trooper. The vehicle was driving very slowly and was swerving from one lane line to the other.
Trooper Allen made the traffic stop and asked the driver for his license. The Trooper noticed that the driver, Charles Cranford of Breasher, TX., had very red and watery eyes. While talking to Cranford, Trooper Allen detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and Cranford was very unsteady on his feet.
Trooper Allen placed Cranford under arrest and he agreed to take the State’s blood test. While waiting on the wrecker, Cranford began coughing and spiting on the door of Allen’s patrol car and stating that he needed medical attention and he wished to have EMS come get him. Cranford also stated that he wasn’t feeling well.
Trooper Allen called Antlers EMS and the suspect was taken to the Pushmataha County Hospital where an RN drew his blood and Cranford signed the blood affidavit. Cranford was still being checked out several hours later for his medical conditions. Cranford was advised to make contact with the D.A.’s Office on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2012.