Broken Arrow state rep: ‘You can’t detain me’


Bodycam footage from Oklahoma City police show the conversation between an officer and Rep. Dean Davis after the politician was arrested for public intoxication.

By John Dobberstein, Editor

Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow, was back in the state legislature just hours after being arrested early Thursday in Oklahoma City for public intoxication.

During the incident, Davis flashed an identification card to Oklahoma City police  that indicates he is a state representative. Davis claimed he could not be detained.

The officer did not agree, stating that Davis was not at the state legislature at the time. Part of the exchange was caught on body camera footage and released by police.

Booking information provided by the Oklahoma County Detention Center shows that Davis, 50, was booked on the municipal complaint of “public drunkenness” at 3:46 a.m. Thursday. He was later released on a personal recognizance bond.

According to news reports, Davis apologized Thursday afternoon on the floor of the House for the “distraction” but denied any wrongdoing.

An arrest report released by OKCPD said “several” people were drinking past the 2 a.m. cutoff on the patio outside the Bricktown bar “Skinny Slims.”

An OKCPD officer and his supervisor told the group it wasn’t lawful for them to keep drinking on the patio and to leave, the report said. The officer reported that Davis became “argumentative” and “did not comply” when told twice more to put his drink down and leave.

The report said Davis pulled out his wallet and tried to show the officer a credential from the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The officer wrote that Davis, “… tried to show us a credential and stated to the effect of you don’t know how bad you messed up you will find out tomorrow.”

At that point, Davis was placed under arrest, police said.

According to the report, Davis then demanded the officer call the “FOP” — presumably the Fraternal Order of Police, the union for police officers.

Davis also demanded that the officer call his superiors but was told that the officer’s superior was the one who approved the arrest, the report stated.

The bartender told the arresting officer that “at least two of the individuals were State reps,” according to his report. According to the report, on the way to the Oklahoma County Jail, Davis “kept saying things to the effect of he feels sorry for me and that we will see how this turns out,” reported the arresting officer.

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