A Rogers County Associate District Judge says she will take "full responsibility" following her arrest on an alcohol-related complaint.
Kassie Nicole McCoy, 38, of Claremore, was arrested Sunday after she was found in her vehicle and a subsequent test showed her to have a blood alcohol content of .35, according to a probable cause affidavit. The legal limit in Oklahoma is .08.
McCoy was booked into the Rogers County Jail on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while having BAC of 0.08 or more, according to the affidavit.
“It is with a heavy heart that I admit I have battled with an alcohol dependency issue for several years and was, quite honestly, too afraid to ask for help,” McCoy said in a written statement. “This is in no way an excuse for the bad decisions I made. I am embarrassed both personally and professionally. I take full responsibility and realize the responsible thing to do is seek professional residential help, and I will be doing so immediately."
McCoy asked "that during this time of growth that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers so that I can recover, come back stronger, and continue to represent Rogers County and help improve our communities together.”
Rogers County Chief District Judge Sheila Condren said there is a pending investigation regarding McCoy.
“She has been temporarily relieved of her duties,” Condren said.
Claremore Police Officer Nate Turman was dispatched to Dollar General on West Fourth Street South on Sunday on a report of a "driving complaint." The reporting party said a vehicle had driven off the road several times and was parked in the Dollar General parking lot, according to the affidavit.
When Turman approached the vehicle he could see McCoy’s head was slumped toward her lap and appeared to either be asleep or falling asleep, the affidavit states.
Truman reported it was hard for him to understand what she was saying because both were wearing face masks, so he requested she exit the vehicle.
McCoy appeared to be unsteady on her feet and admitted to consuming a full bottle of champagne, the affidavit states.
Turman attempted to administer the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, but stopped when McCoy almost fell over while standing in the proper standing position for the test, according to the affidavit.
McCoy agreed to take the State’s breath test with the results being 0.35g/210L.
McCoy was booked into the Rogers County Jail on a complaint of actual physical control of a motor vehicle while having BAC of 0.08 or more. In Oklahoma, a person can be charged with a crime for sitting in their vehicle while having a BAC of .08 or more.
District Attorney Matt Ballard said although he hasn’t made the final decision, his office will likely recuse from the case and allow another district attorney's office to make the final charging decision.
“I anticipate it will be state charges that she will be looking at, but that will be a decision for another office,” he said.