By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 20-year-old Stillwater man has been charged with drunk driving on New Year’s Eve his Dodge Challenger that went airborne, struck a power pole, caused a power outage and rolled upside down at 1200 N. Boomer Road, court documents allege.
Wyatt Joseph Harper, who was already on probation for drunk driving in Stillwater in 2021, could receive a five-year prison term if convicted of drunk driving as a second offense, a felony on which he has been ordered to appear in court on March 6. Harper had been arrested at 11:28 pm on New Year’s Eve and released on New Year’s Day on a $100 cash bond, court records show.
Stillwater Police Officer Dusty Behne was on a traffic stop in the 1900 block of N. Boomer Road at 10:55 pm on New Year’s Eve when “I heard tires squalling and heard the sound of what I believed to be a collision south of my location. Almost immediately after the sound of the collision, the power in the immediate area went out. I cut the driver loose and advised dispatch of what I believed to be a vehicle collision causing a power outage,” before heading there, according to his affidavit.
When the officer arrived at the crash scene where the Dodge Challenger was lying upside down on its top, “A power pole was sheared off and lying on the ground along with the power lines lying over the driver door which was open. Officer Sexton was on scene and had been speaking with a male sitting on the east curb of Boomer. LifeNet had been called and responded to check out the male, later identified as Wyatt Harper,” who refused medical treatment, according to Behne’s affidavit.
Harper “advised he was the driver, that he was wearing his seatbelt, that his phone was present and was using the blue-tooth feature to talk on the phone, and that he had been drinking tonight,” the affidavit alleged. “Wyatt told me he was coming from a friend’s house where he had consumed one or two 12 oz. bottles of Corona beer,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
Harper said that his last beer was consumed at about 10:15 pm, the affidavit alleged. When Harper was given breathalyzer tests, the first one at 11:57 pm showed .13 alcohol and the second one at midnight showed .12 alcohol, the affidavit alleged.