Creek County DUI Victims Outraged Repeat Offender Still Driving


Thursday, March 17th 2011, 10:16 pm
By: News On 6


Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Creek County family is outraged to learn the drunk driver who ran into them is a repeat offender.

After his fourth DUI he's out of jail and still has his driver's license.

Lezlee and Tawni Vickers have beaten the odds, they've been hit by two drunk drivers in the past six years and walked away unhurt both times.

Their most recent crash happened two months ago as they were pulling out of their Sapulpa neighborhood at 7:30 in the evening.

The driver came straight at them, mom swerved in the grass; he followed and ran along the entire length of their vehicle.

"We rolled down the window and mom said, ‘you realize you just hit us?' From there, we could smell the alcohol. From his vehicle to ours, we could smell it, horrible. And, he was belligerently yelling at us," said Tawni and Lezlee Vickers.

An off-duty officer chased the man as he drove 90 through their neighborhood and was finally caught, then the shocker.

OHP told them it was his fourth DUI arrest.

"Fourth? Why four? Why is he allowed to have four? I mean, if I was me, I'd be locked away," Lezlee said.

Records show James Ralston got a DUI in 2002 was sent to drug court and got a one year suspended sentence.

In 2004, he got an aggravated DUI and was sent to drug court.

In 2008, he got another aggravated DUI, pled guilty and got a five year suspended sentence.

And, now, he's been charged with his fourth D-U-I.

"He's never going to stop until he actually kills someone then whose fault will it be? Not only his, but the state's fault. Because they didn't do something about it." >>Lezlee said.

They were shocked Ralston's license isn't suspended or revoked and want to see him go to prison. They feel God spared them for a reason.

"I feel it is my responsibility to get him off the street because, the good Lord gave us the sense to say we weren't hurt, so do something about it. He needs to not be driving." Lezlee said.

Ralston's next court date is March 23rd and these women plan to be there.