A pair of 'Good Samaritans' who helped pull several motorists out of the snow, go to court
Wednesday, April 9th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The Good Samaritans who got tickets this past winter for pulling stranded drivers out of the snow, had their day in court Wednesday.
Both men were hoping the ticket would be dismissed. But as News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright tells us, this case is going to trial.
Doug Jones and Corey Blosser patiently waited for 90 minutes for their moment in court. Doug had pulled Corey out of the snow back in February near Owasso and then, they both pulled others out. And, they both got tickets for it from the OHP, for $117. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the men had been warned to leave, but they say that's not true or they would've left. Even though several people offered to pay for the Good Samaritans' tickets, they decided no one should have to pay this type of ticket.
They decided it was a matter of principal and something worth fighting for. Attorney Kent Hudson was so outraged by the tickets, he's representing the men for free. The Tulsa County DAâ€™s office offered the men a deal. They plead no contest, which shows as guilty on their records, the tickets would be dropped and each would pay $25 in court fees. They didn't want the deal, but so asked for a jury trial. Kent Hudson, Defense Attorney: "I don't think this deal is about money. I don't think any offer other than dismissal is going to please my clients. So, we'll take it to the people of Tulsa County and let them decide what's right and wrong.â€
Doug and Corey realize they could be found guilty and end up paying twice what they owe now, but believe it's worth the fight. Doug Jones, Good Samaritan: "It's the principal. I tell people with the war going on and our troops over there helping us, that it is okay to help. That's what it's all about.â€
The trial will be the week of May 12th.If they're found guilty, Doug and Corey could have to pay the $117 ticket plus more than a hundred dollars in court fees and could even spend a day in jail.