MIAMI – A 24-year-old Fairland man, Rolla Roy Werline IV, charged with leaving the scene of a two-vehicle fatality accident, appeared in Ottawa County District Court on Tuesday.
Werline was appointed an attorney, Pam Ireland of Miami, and charged and his next court appearance for announcement set at 9:30 a.m. on May 5.
He is currently charged with two counts, one for leaving the scene of a fatality accident and a second charge of failure to maintain insurance or security, but Werline may also be facing additional driving under the influence and or manslaughter charges.
“I am waiting for the toxicology report to come back from the OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) and then I will make a decision,” Ottawa County District Attorney Kenny Wright said.
Werline is being charged in connection to a fatality collision that occurred on April 14 on Oklahoma State Highway 125 near Ottawa County Road 228.
According to the OHP report issued, the collision took place when James L. Greer, 60, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, riding a 1994 Harley Davidson Motorcycle failed to yield to oncoming traffic when pulling onto Hwy.125 from a private drive and was struck by Werline who was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer. Greer was thrown 132 feet on impact and pronounced dead at the scene.
Werline left the scene driving the Explorer.
According to the Affidavit for Arrest filed in Ottawa County District Court on April 18 by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Will Langley, Fairland Fire Chief Jeff Reynolds had received word of the identity of the driver of the vehicle that had fled, and Trooper Preston Konaman obtained the information and was told the driver was at Tom Cat Corner at U.S. Highway 59 and County Road East 250 in Delaware County.
“Upon arrival Konaman learned the individual had been taken to the Stage Coach Bar in Fairland and the vehicle he was driving was at a friend's house near the intersection of County Road South 580 south of County Road East 230 in Ottawa County. Trooper Konaman found the vehicle at the residence, and Trooper Micah Gibe and Trooper Ruben Hernandez went to the Stage Coach Bar in Fairland to try to make contact with Werline. Hernandez and Gibe made contact with Werline and escorted him back to the scene,” Langley wrote in the affidavit.
Werline was read his Miranda Rights and asked about the wreck.
“Hernandez stated that Werline admitted to hitting the motorcycle and getting scared and leaving the scene,” Langley wrote.
Werline told Langley he had been drinking and had a beer and a half from 7:30 p.m. until leaving the bar.
Werline failed a field sobriety test and was arrested before agreeing and being transported to Miami Integris Hospital for a blood test. He was then booked into the Ottawa County Jail.
Werline was also found to be uninsured and was charged accordingly.
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