Some headlines just write themselves. It was a quick arrest and booking for Valley Brook Police last month, when an allegedly drunk driver, Richy Reese, swerved onto the set of their DUI awareness video.
Oklahoma City University film students Mike Stamp and Jacob Keen were in the process of shooting a DUI awareness promo video for the Valley Brook Police Department. Stamp was carrying lights across the street where production was going on when he saw Reese's vehicle coming at full speed. "I saw him accelerate on the gas like he was trying to hit me. I hopped out of the way real fast. After that, I was kind of in shock," he told KOCO news. Fellow film student Keen added, "he really wasn't slowing down like the other cars were."
Mike Stamp, coincidentally, is the son of Valley Brook Police Chief Michael Stamp. Reese did abruptly stop the vehicle, but when Chief Stamp attempted to make contact with him, he allegedly sped off. Another officer proceeded to pull Reese over. Police body cam footage showed Reese stumbling out of his truck after the stop and BAC tests showed he was at more than twice the legal limit-- 0.17. Chief Stamp told KOCO that the incident could have been “very bad,” adding that it was “ironic...doing a DUI story and one shows up.” Ironic indeed. That irony proved very newsworthy, seeing as this otherwise run-of-the-mill DUI story was aired across news outlets in Atlanta, Palm Beach, New York and Cincinnati. 53-year-old Reese was taken to Oklahoma County Jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. If found guilty, this would be Reese's fifth DUI conviction. He is currently being held on $1,000 bail.
Ironic as the situation may be, DUIs can happen to anyone, under far less bemusing circumstances. Anyone, not just repeat offenders, could end up ensnared in a DUI arrest. A charge for driving under the influence is burdensome and confusing. If you find yourself saddled with a DUI charge in Georgia, you will want to put the unfortunate event behind you as quickly as possible. Remember, a DUI charge is not a DUI conviction. The critical first move to begin fighting your charge is hiring an experienced Georgia DUI attorney, to guide you through the complex legal process. You will only have 10 days to protect your license, so it is essential that you act with haste. Do not let a DUI charge in Georgia jeopardize your freedom, rights, and career. Contact Georgia DUI Defense Attorney Richard Lawson immediately for a free consultation of your case.