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Monday, September 21, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Jedediah Griffith was on routine patrol when he observed a gray 2018 Ford F-150 pickup traveling northbound on South Mississippi Avenue. The pickup was driving in the center of the roadway.
Officer Griffith activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle violently jerked to the right striking the curb and crossing into the center turn lane. The driver then drove back across the lane of traffic and onto the sidewalk before coming to a stop.
The driver, identified as Marcos Ivan Martinez, 34, of Katy, Texas, stated he did not have a driver license and proof of insurance and began searching the center console.
Officer Griffith observed Martinez to have red bloodshot watery eyes and slow slurred speech, and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.
Martinez told the officer he had consumed one pint of wine. He was asked to exit the vehicle, and was very unsteady on his feet.
Officer Griffith asked if he would submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, however, he refused, stating, “If I am drunk take me into the jail.”
Martinez was placed under arrest and transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking. He refused to take the State’s test.
Found in the vehicle was an opened 500 milliliter bottle of Bota Mini Chardonnay wine.
He is charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (felony).