Oklahoma Lawmaker Arrested On DWI Charge In Texas

Oklahoma State Sen. Harry Coates (Oklahoma Senate photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 17, 2014) Oklahoma state Sen. Harry Coates was free on bond Saturday after he was arrested on a drunken driving complaint in Texas.

Coates was arrested Thursday night in northeastern Texas on a complaint of driving while intoxicated, Lt. Rickey Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

Coates, a Republican from Seminole, Okla., was arrested at 10:55 p.m. Thursday by police officers in Howe, about 20 miles south of the Texas-Oklahoma border, he said.

Coates, 63, was booked into the Grayson County Jail at 12:30 a.m. Friday and released at around 4 a.m. on $1,500 bond, Wheeler said.

Coates was first elected in 2002 and is term-limited.

He did not immediately return calls to his home and office seeking comment.