A McAlester Public Schools teacher faces multiple charges after allegedly having control of a vehicle with a .32 blood alcohol level and slipping handcuffs before she was arrested again outside of a casino in Stringtown, according to court documents.
Angela Menasco Key, of Stuart, was charged June 28 with driving under the influence — actual physical control under the influence, escape from arrest or detention, obstructing officer, transporting intoxicating beverages, outraging public decency by public intoxication for the incident that allegedly occurred on May 20, according to documents filed in Choctaw Nation District Court.
Court documents state the McAlester High School teacher faces the following if convicted of the misdemeanors:
• at least 10 days and up to one year imprisonment, and/or $1,000 fine for DUI —actual physical control under the influence
• up to one year imprisonment and/or $500 fine for escape from arrest or detention
• up to one year imprisonment and/or $500 fine for obstructing an officer
• up to one year imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine for outraging public decency
MPS Indian Education Director Jana Booth faces charges stemming from the same matter. Booth was charged with outraging public decency by public intoxication, according to documents filed May 23 in the Choctaw Tribal Court, and was charged with two felony counts of assault and battery on a police officer, according to documents filed May 21 in the Atoka County District Court.
MPS Superintendent Randy Hughes said the school is investigating the matter.
Choctaw Tribal Officer Anthony Garvin wrote in an affidavit that he arrested Key and Booth around 10:47 p.m. on May 20 for an alleged incident at the Choctaw Casino in Stringtown.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that dispatch advised him of two women in the casino “that were very intoxicated.” When he arrived at the scene, Jeremiah Luman, a Choctaw Tribal security officer, told him one of the women — later identified as Key — was inside a vehicle and the other — identified as Booth — was in the casino, the affidavit states.
The affidavit states Garvin saw Key talking on the phone in her vehicle and she placed a Styrofoam cup in the back seat. Garvin wrote in the affidavit that Key was “unsteady on her feet,” used the vehicle door “to lean on to stand up.”
“When she asked me what the problem was I observed a heavy smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person,” Garvin wrote in the affidavit.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that he asked Key how much she had to drink, to which she responded she had a couple of beers in the casino “but that was it.” The affidavit states Garvin told Key that he could smell alcohol coming from her and it “appeared to be more than just two beers.”
Key then told Garvin that she was just talking on the phone in her car and wasn’t driving,” the affidavit states.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that he attempted to conduct a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, but said he didn't finish the test “due to her (being) unable to maintain her balance.”
Key began resisting when Garvin attempted to restrain her before the officer gained compliance and placed her in the vehicle, the affidavit states.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that he asked the casino security officer to “keep an eye on” Key while he went inside to make contact with Booth.
After being informed he was needed outside, Garvin said he saw the security officer standing behind Key “placing her in handcuffs again,” according to the affidavit.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that the security officer told him Key had slipped her handcuffs, exited Garvin’s vehicle, walked to her vehicle and attempted to get inside.
Key started resisting again as Garvin escorted her to his vehicle, where the officer “placed her in the floorboard” and “requested an Atoka (Police Department) unit with a cage to come to my location to transport her,” the affidavit states.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that once the Atoka PD arrived, he placed Key in the unit and read her implied consent, to which she agreed to take the tests. Garvin asked Atoka PD to transport Key to the Atoka County Hospital, while he transported Booth to the Atoka County Jail, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, Key stated “several times” during the alleged incident that “she’s a McAlester school teacher and doesn’t belong in jail.”
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that Key was booked into jail and the vehicle was impounded.
The affidavit states that during Garvin’s inventory of the vehicle, he found “the Styrofoam cup containing an alcoholic beverage,” a half-full Miller Lite can inside of a Yeti can cooler, and a three-liter box of wine “that was almost completely empty.”
During the alleged incident, Booth pleaded with Garvin to not take Key to jail and the officer told her that was not possible, court documents state.
Garvin wrote in the affidavit that as placed Booth under arrest, “she began screaming obscenities and that she couldn’t go to jail because she was a director of education” and claimed to be the daughter of a Choctaw Nation official.
The affidavit states Booth refused to cooperate with the booking officer at the Aokta County Jail, where she grabbed both of the jailers’ hands and wrists, scratching one of the jailer’s wrists in the struggle.
Booth entered a plea of not guilty during an initial court appearance and was later released after posting a bond of $50,000, according to Atoka County District Court documents.
Atoka County District Court documents state the preliminary hearing conference for Booth that was set for June 6 was moved to June 13 before being moved again to July 11.
Both Booth and Key were employed with MPS as of Monday morning.
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