On Monday, the Logan County District Attorney’s Office filed four charges against a 68-year-old woman, who sustained multiple injuries during a traffic stop with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.
In a release (full release below this article) obtained by Guthrie News Page, District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said Nancy Elizabeth Kemp was under the influence when she suffered injuries throughout her body following a struggle with a trooper.
Kemp pleaded not guilty to the four charges, including improper use of multiple-beam rod-lighting equipment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or in the alternative operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a combination of alcohol and an intoxicating substance, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.
The incident took place on May 11 on Interstate 35 near Seward Road at 12:29 a.m. when the trooper observed Kemp driving with their high beams on and within one car length of another vehicle.
According to the press release, Kemp had a blood alcohol concentration of .093, which is .013 above the legal limit, or an alternative count of driving under the influence of both alcohol and other intoxicating substances, specifically, two different strains of THC.
“The State has spent the past month reviewing and analyzing the evidence in this matter,” Thomas said. “Careful consideration and attention were given to both the defendant’s behaviors and the officer’s responses to those which were required to ensure the safety of the defendant, officer, and public.”
Thomas added, “defendants are presumed innocent of the charges against them, and the burden is upon the State to prove guilt of each and every element of the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“Ultimately, he (the trooper) got angry with her for texting (she was alone, scared, and texting her daughter) and ended up breaking ribs 2-8 on her left side, breaking her nose, and bruising her all over her body,” Kemp’s granddaughter Kylar Kekutia said on a GoFundMe account.
If found guilty, Kemp can face up to a year imprisonment and a fine up to $500.
A Logan County judge exonerated Kemp’s $5,000 bond, which was posted on May 12, and gave her a personal recognizance (PR) bond. She’s expected back in court on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.