Woman Mistakenly Released From Tulsa Co Jail Surrenders
Thursday, September 2nd 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
A Tulsa woman turns herself in after being mistakenly released from jail.
Because she was afraid no one would believe her story, she surrendered first to KOTV crime reporter Lori Shell, then to authorities. Sandra San-Souci was sentenced to three years in prison for a drunk driving charge she got in May.
She reported to jail right on time Friday to wait to be taken to prison, instead, they told her on Monday, she could go.
Sandra San-Souci, "I thought it was a computer fluke." Her daughter thought it was surely a mistake too, so she says she called the jail not once, but, twice. Amber Guthrie, daughter: "So, I called back and said are you sure? She's supposed to have a d-o-c hold on her. They said you're crazy, we have her for DUI first offense and a $500 bond. So, I called a bondsman, what was I supposed to do."
San-Souci went to the bondsman's office immediately, and signed all the paperwork.
he was shocked when she saw on the news, people were accusing her of escape, she was scared she'd get another 7 years in prison for that. Sandra: "It scared me to death." Amber: "Drunken driver, we'll find her and the public will be safe. She wasn't an escapee, she bonded out. That was the whole point, she bonded out." San-Souci asked KOTV to follow her to jail as she surrendered. She admits she took advantage of the jail's mistake, but, says it allowed her to get her blood pressure and back pain medication and spend a few more days with her family. At the jail...Sandra: "Hi, I'm Sandra San-Souci, I'm here to turn myself in." Jailer: "We appreciate that." Sandra: "I didn't escape, it was your mistake, but, I took advantage of it." Jailer: "We appreciate you taking care of your business." San-Souci says she's always been willing to pay for her crime, she just hopes she doesn't have to pay for someone else's mistake. KOTV's Lori Shell called district attorney Tim Harris. While he couldn't give a definate ruling over the phone, he did say if someone was bonded out by mistake, told about that mistake and voluntarily surrendered, then it would be very unlikely he would file any type of escape charge against them.