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Thursday, August 20, 2020, Atoka Police Sergeant Jimmy Taylor received a call from dispatch about a reckless vehicle driving northbound on Highway 69.
Sergeant Taylor stopped his patrol unit in the turn lane at the intersection of Seventh Street and Highway 69 after receiving an update on the vehicle’s location from Officer James Riley.
A white 2020 Chevrolet Silverado pickup approached the officer’s location. Sergeant Taylor observed the vehicle driving on the inside turn lane.
The Silverado crossed the lane lines into the inside lane next to a semi pulling a van trailer. The driver swerved into the outside lane striking the trailer of the semi.
Sergeant Taylor activated his emergency lights. While following the pickup, Taylor observed the vehicle swerve within the lane of traffic. The Silverado with apply their brakes multiple times, accelerating and stopping.
The driver pulled into the north entrance of Pro Gun Armory. They stopped at the south parking lot exit with the front portion of the vehicle stopped in the outside lane of traffic.
Sergeant Taylor approached the vehicle which began rolling further into traffic. Taylor ordered the driver, identified as Jo Dawn Goodman, 40, of Gans to exit the vehicle and place it in park. The Silverado was blocking both northbound lanes and part of the center turn lane.
Goodman’s vehicle was removed from the roadway. Sergeant Taylor questioned Goodman asking if she had been drinking.
She claimed, not really, stating she had drank three Clamatos. Goodman’s speech was slurred and she had the strong smell of alcohol on her person.
Goodman refused to take a field sobriety test claiming she could not complete the tasks “stone cold sober.”
Inside the vehicle was numerous bottles of medication, Goodman stated she took Aderall and Abilify.
Sergeant Taylor tried multiple times to retrieve an adequate sample for a Preliminary Breath Test, but Goodman became belligerent towards Officer Riley and Sergeant Taylor.
Goodman became combative towards the officers as she was arrested, dropping to the ground. Officer Riley and Sergeant Taylor helped her stand.
She was asked to take the State’s test however would not give a yes or no answer. She would only continue saying, “Whatever you want me to do.”
Goodman was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, and improper lane change.