MIAMI – The case of a 24-year-old Fairland man, Rolla Roy Werline, facing charges of driving under the influence manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatality accident and failure to maintain insurance will not move forward until the Ottawa County District Court's of Appeals (DCA) spring felony docket starting April 2, 2018.
Werline was charged with the three counts on April 17 in connection with a fatality collision that occurred on April 14 on Oklahoma State Highway 125 near Ottawa County Road 228.
Werline, represented by a Public Defender, Attorney Andrew Meloy, entered a plea of not guilty and the defendant and state waived the preliminary hearing, jurisdiction and proceeded to the District Court of Appeals instanter, or immediately.
According to the OHP report issued back in April, 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. 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 Mica 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 Maranda 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 field sobriety tests conducted 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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