Archive for the ‘Rep. John Trebilcock’ Category

Damage Control 101

April 3, 2007

That “Republican outfit” Tulsa World is reporting today that Broken Arrow state Representative John Trebilcock has missed more than a fourth of the votes in the House so far this session. Trebilcock was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and not using headlights.

The paper looked at legislative voting records (probably because of a tip from a Democratic colleague) that found the representative has missed 226 votes out of 786 cast in the House of Representatives. That translates into six missed days.

Rep. Trebilcock, a little unsolicited advice from the Oklahoma Political News Service. You’ve handled this terribly from the moment you refused a breathalyzer test because you had “kissed a girl who had been drinking.” It’s time for major damage control. Have a press conference SOON apologizing to your constituents, colleagues and friends; check yourself into rehab – even if you don’t have a problem, and stop the bleeding.

UPDATE: Trebilcock Issues Apology

At 4:43 this afternoon on its website, the Tulsa World is reporting that Rep. Trebilcock has issued an apology for his “poor decision making.” He goes on to say in the statement that “driving and alcohol don’t mix” and that he is “prepared to accept the consequences, legal and otherwise, for my actions.”

Not only does he take responsibility for his mistake but he thanks the police for their “professionalism.”

“Unquestionably, I should not have put myself in a situation where such a determination should have had to be made. I take full responsibility for doing. I would like to express my appreciation to the officers on the scene for their professionalism and for the job that they do.”

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State Legislator Arrested On DUI Complaint

April 2, 2007

TULSA, Okla.(AP) A state legislator who authored a drunken driving law is facing municipal complaints of driving under the influence and not using headlights.

Broken Arrow state Representative John Trebilcock was taken into custody about 2:30 A-M yesterday near Second Street and Greenwood Avenue.

A police officer alleged in his report that he noticed a strong smell associated with an alcoholic beverage, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when he stopped Trebilcock.

The officer says the Republican lawmaker refused to take a breath analyzer test because he said he didn’t trust the test’s validity. Trebilcock paid a 570-dollar bond to get out of the Tulsa Jail about six hours later.

The officer says the lawmaker could stand on one leg and count aloud but couldn’t watch the tip of a pen move without turning his head during a field sobriety test.

Trebilcock couldn’t be reached for comment today.

He is author of a 2005 law that requires people who are convicted of a second D-U-I charge to install ignition interlocking alcohol-detection devices in their automobiles before they can get their driver’s licenses back.