Man arrested for drunkenly driving through front yards
CHICKASHA, Okla. - A man is under arrest after allegedly driving drunk through the front yards of several homes.
Bradley Mulkey, 38, is charged with DUI, reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt, among other charges.
Police said he crossed the center of Iowa Ave. Thursday afternoon and wound up in a front lawn.
According to the police report, the vehicle hit a raised grass area and went airborne for about 30 feet, before taking down a basketball hoop in a neighbor's driveway.
Mulkey then continued down the street, hitting an unoccupied parked vehicle, knocking it onto its side.
"I heard the collision," said Pat Smith, who was getting ready to go to work. "I thought something was coming through this house. It was loud, and he laid the Rodeo up on its side."
The rodeo belonged to her grandson, who likely won't drive the vehicle again.
"Oh yeah, it probably totaled it," Smith said. "And, it could have been a lot worse if the kids had been home."
Mulkey drove back into the roadway before swerving onto another front lawn and coming to rest.
People living in the area said it's lucky Mulkey didn't drive through the neighborhood a little later, when kids of all ages would have been outside playing.
"My thought was: thank God the kids were in school, because that guy could have killed a kid or take out more property than what he did," said Andrew Graves. "It would have been a real disaster."
Witnesses reported seeing Mulkey toss a bottle of Kentucky Deluxe into the back seat, and responding officers said the driver's eyes were red, his breath smelled of alcohol and he was unsteady on his feet.
"I ain't gonna say angry, but it does upset me that someone would be in that position to drive a vehicle while intoxicated, because they're not thinking of anyone but themselves," Graves said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him. I don't mean that in a negative way, but he did wrong, and he deserves the punishment."
Mulkely was taken to the emergency room but refused medical treatment.
No one else was injured.