Former President Of ORU Richard Roberts Arrested For DUI, Speeding

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 7:41 am

Richard Roberts, son of the late Oral Roberts and chairman and CEO of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tulsa for driving under the influence and speeding.

It happened at 10 minutes after midnight Tuesday morning. Roberts was driving a 2006 Mercedes east on the Creek Turnpike, when a trooper pulled him over for speeding.

Roberts was stopped on Highway 169, just south of the 71st Street Exit.

According to the arrest report, the Trooper smelled alcohol on Roberts and said he failed two field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test showed a point .11 alcohol level - which is over the legal limit of .08.

Read Arrest Report

The trooper then took Roberts to the Tulsa County Jail where he was booked on a complaint of DUI and speeding 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit.

Roberts is now the CEO of the ministry founded by his father - now branded as Richard Roberts Ministries.

No one was at the office when News On 6 stopped by and the ministry didn't return our calls for comment.

The University issued a statement saying "Our prayers go out to Richard and Lindsay Roberts and their entire family as they face this life challenge. May God's grace help them as they work towards healing."

It's been almost four years since Roberts was sued by an ORU professor for wrongful termination - and also accused of lavish spending at the expense of the financially strapped University.

12/18/2007 Related Story: ORU Faculty Says "No" To Richard Roberts

He denied the allegations, but was forced out as President and the financial ties were severed between ORU and the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.

03/17/2009 Related Story: Richard Roberts Dismissed From Lawsuit

Now on his own, Richard Roberts still leads his own ministry, travels on evangelistic work and hosts a nightly television program.

Roberts posted bond and was released a few hours after his arrest. Tuesday would have been the birthday of the late Oral Roberts.