An Arkansas man has been charged in Muskogee County with second-degree homicide within the loss of life of a passenger within the automobile he crashed on Interstate 40 on April 16.
Jeffrey Wayne Dellinger, 54, of Springdale, Arkansas, is being held with out bond within the Muskogee County/Metropolis Detention Facility. He is also charged with driving underneath the affect – nice bodily harm; inflicting accident with out legitimate driver’s license – loss of life; inflicting accident with out legitimate driver’s license – nice bodily harm, courtroom data state.
In response to the Oklahoma Freeway Patrol, the collision occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m. at mile marker 282, 4 miles east of Warner. Dellinger was driving a 2003 BMW 325 westbound within the rain when he drove off the best facet of the street and struck a number of bushes earlier than the automobile got here to relaxation in a tree line.
Valerie Blake, 23, of Rogers, Arkansas, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, the place she was pronounced lifeless at 3:36 a.m.
Taylor Pipkin, 22, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Michael Robinson, 34, of Springdale, Arkansas, have been pinned for roughly 25 minutes earlier than being freed by the Warner Fireplace Division. The trooper attributed driving underneath the affect of medication as the reason for the collision. Dellinger was the one individual within the automobile carrying a seat belt, the OHP report states.
Dellinger was taken to Saint Francis for therapy and later was arrested and booked into the Muskogee County/Metropolis Detention Facility. Pipkin and Robinson have been taken to Saint Francis. Robinson was handled and launched. Pipkin was transferred to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, the report states.
Trooper Colt Duncan, a member of the OHP Visitors Murder Unit, carried out the investigation into Blake’s loss of life. Duncan spoke with Dellinger on the hospital. In response to Duncan’s assertion, Dellinger stated he was prescribed treatment to deal with seizures and sleep apnea. Trooper Tommy Mullins carried out an analysis and “decided Dellinger was underneath the affect of medication and it was not protected for him to function a motorized vehicle.”
Duncan carried out a data examine and located Dellinger had an expired driver’s license out of Illinois and had an identification card from Arkansas. He had no legitimate driver’s license.
When Robinson was interviewed, he stated he watched Dellinger go to sleep on the wheel, drive off the street and crash into the bushes, the report states.
A search warrant was obtained for the BMW. The next proof was recovered: vape pen that had a robust odor of marijuana, which was discovered underneath the accelerator pedal; a prescription bottle within the glove field belonging to Pipkin containing three completely different tablets; a container for a vape cartridge and one other vape cartridge.
Duncan additionally discovered that Dellinger had quite a few prior expenses for possession of a managed harmful substance and was arrested and convicted in Texas on a cost of driving whereas intoxicated.
Dellinger will likely be again in Muskogee County District Courtroom at 10 a.m. Might 11.