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A Case Of A Drugged Driver Who Keeps Climbing Behind The Wheel

A Green Country man is a repeat offender with an arrest record that is shocking even to police. Some of his arrests involve accidents, yet, he's not behind bars.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright says Timothy Redmond agreed to an interview, even though he told me he’d taken several Xanax.

"I got addicted. At first it was good, it helped everything." Redmond says he began taking Xanax for depression after his wife of 15 years died following a hysterectomy three years ago. She lingered for days until he ended life support.

He told me he now takes five Xanax and five muscle relaxers called Soma every day. "Tough, real tough. I just want to get back to normal."

As sad as his story is, the problem is Redmond drives in this condition.

He was just arrested two weeks ago, when an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper saw him swerving. He says Redmond had heavy eyelids and was very unsteady.

Nine days before that, he was arrested after swerving into a woman's car, knocking off her mirror off and leaving. Police say he was unsteady and had slurred speech.

Back in June, he was arrested after hitting a car from behind while it was stopped. The report says he had mumbled speech and was very unsteady.

In May, he hit another car from behind. In November of 2004, he was arrested for DUI drugs after nearly hitting a semi. The officer says he had slurred speech and could barely keep his eyes open.

Just one week earlier, he was arrested for running into a stack of tires, police say he was stumbling around and had slurred speech. Five weeks before that, arrested for DUI drugs after another rear-ender.

Three months before that, arrested for DUI drugs for a hit and run accident, stumbled out of the car and could not stand without swaying.

Each time, Redmond admitted taking Xanax and Soma, even though he’s read the warning label. "Do not operate heavy equipment. Use caution when operating a motor vehicle." He says he didn't know he was dangerous, because he feels the same everyday.

He says wants to get into a 12 step program. "I don't wanna. I don't want to go to prison. I have girls to take care of." Redmond says he has three teenage daughters.

Despite his arrests, Redmond only has one misdemeanor DUI conviction. That's because the DA's office declined to file charges six times, citing reasons of having no drug test information or lack of evidence. First Assistant DA Doug Drummond told the News on 6, Redmond clearly hasn't been held accountable and he blames the lack of communication on both his office and the police.

Drummond was shocked Redmond is out of jail, so he plans to ask for a higher bond. Redmond now has three felony cases pending.
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