- Posted May 4, 2014 by
Car VS Pedestrian
Shawnee, OK--A Shawnee woman who was struck by a car Saturday is lucky to be alive. Patrolman Jake Duggan responded to the scene at approximately 9:45 PM, according to the affidavit. Her name is being withheld until her age is known.
The pedestrian informed Duggan that she was walking northbound across Highland St. from Elm St. According to her statement to Duggan, “all she saw was headlights before she was hit by the vehicle.”
The driver is identified as a 28 year-old Native American male, Larrin Richard Yahola. He was traveling westbound on Highland in the outside lane and stated to the officer, “He never saw the pedestrian before he hit her.” He told Duggan that he drove around the block; then parked on Elm St., the affidavit shows.
Duggan called for an ambulance when he observed the victim had trouble breathing and complained of “severe back pain.” REACT transported her to St. Anthony Shawnee ER.
According to the affidavit, Duggan stated he smelled an odor of alcohol and behavior consistent with someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Yahola stated he had been drinking vodka. After Yahola failed the standardized field sobriety test, he arrested and taken to the Shawnee Police Department where his breath-alcohol test registered a 0.30: three times the legal limit.
Yahola was transported to the Pott. Co. Safety Center and booked on charges for DUI with great bodily injury while under the influence and driving under suspension.