Sen. Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo, was cuffed, stuffed and booked into the Choctaw County jail Monday night on complaints of driving under the influence after a three-vehicle accident in Hugo, OK which resulted in one woman being taken to the hospital with reportedly minor injuries.
Reportedly Rabon failed three field sobriety tests at the accident scene and later submitted to a blood test, the results of which are not currently available.
According to the arrest report, the responding officer smelled a strong odor associated with alcohol coming from Rabon, Rabon had slurred speech and had trouble keeping his balance inside the vehicle. The report further indicates that when the officer asked for Rabon’s vehicle insurance card, Rabon handed him his medical insurance twice before the officer found the card and when administered the field sobriety tests Rabon allegedly could not keep his balance, walk in a straight line, or follow the officer with his eyes.
Following his arrest, Rabon was subsequently released from the jail on $1,000 bond after reportedly spending a total of 43 minutes in jail.
Jeff Rabon has a history with alcohol, both as a legislator and an offender.
He was reportedly twice busted for alcohol related offenses in Tulsa in 1989, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, driving under suspension, transporting an open container and driving without insurance and driving while intoxicated. In the first incident he received a one-year deferred sentence, in the second incident he received two one-year suspended sentences and 40 hours of community service.
In 2005, Rabon’s truck crashed into a ditch in Hugo and an OHP trooper was disciplined for not testing to see if alcohol was involved in the crash.
On the legislative side, Rabon was the Senate author of the Prevention of Youth Access to Alcohol Act in 2005, which included stiffer penalties for minors found in possession of 3.2 beer and for those who sell or provide it to minors. This year Rabon sponsored Senate Bill 1009, which would have made it unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to sell or give low-point beer to anyone in a place where low-point beer is sold or dispensed for consumption off the premises.
Evidently Senator Rabon is more concerned about teenagers drinking and driving than he is about state legislators drinking, driving and crashing.
Hypocrites are like that, ya’ know…