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Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Joe Doshier of the Atoka Police Department was advised of a reckless driver eastbound on State highway Seven in a Gray 2010 Dodge Ram pickup coming into the Atoka City limits.
Officer Doshier located the vehicle at Thirteenth Street and Highway 69. As the traffic light signaled green, the Dodge, with an expired tag, took off at a high rate of speed continuing east.
The pick-up struck another vehicle that had failed to yield from the north exit from Chili’s. Both vehicles were disabled due to the crash and were blocking the roadway.
Officer Doshier made contact with the driver of the Dodge, identified as Trace Daniel Hardman, 24, of Atoka. Hardman had poor and slow motor skills with slurred speech.
Upon exiting the vehicle, he was observed to be unsteady on his feet and had an odor of marijuana coming from his breath and person.
Hardman refused medical treatment, and was placed into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
The vehicle Hardman had struck required the jaws of life to pry open the driver’s side passenger door to release a minor child trapped in a car seat.
The child was transferred to the hospital by Atoka County EMS.
Inventory was taken of the Dodge for impoundment. Found in the pickup was a small clear jar that contained a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana and weighed one ounce.
Hardman asked if everyone was ok and that he was sorry. He advised the officer that he had been on his phone and wasn’t paying attention.
After agreeing to submit to the State’s testing, Hardman was taken to the Atoka County Hospital to have blood drawn by medical personnel. He was then transported to the Atoka County Jail.
Hardman is charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs (misdemeanor), possession of controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor), and inattentive driving (misdemeanor).