Motorist accused of driving 60 mph over the speed limit
MCCURTAIN COUNTY, OK (KSLA) - Hochatown, Okla., is known as a weekend destination for many in Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Texas.
But authorities say it was a local who recently came speeding through the McCurtain County community.
Hochatown is where two children were killed by an impaired driver in April.
There have been several other alcohol-related collisions and fatal crashes in and near Hochatown the past several years, authorities say.
The public recently got the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph in the community's business sector.
And Oklahoma Highway Patrol has increased patrols in the area.
Yet just days ago, authorities say, they clocked 30-year-old Evan Clay Smalling driving 60 mph over the speed limit.
And they allege that the Broken Bow, Okla., resident was impaired while doing it.
It happened early Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 259 in Hochatown.
Troopers clocked a motorist driving at a high rate of speed and took out after him.
While they were trying to catch him, an Oklahoma State Park ranger reportedly clocked him on radar driving 105 mph in a 45-mph zone.
He had an open container of liquor in his vehicle and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, troopers said.
He also performed extremely poorly on sobriety tests and refused to submit to a blood test, authorities added.
Smalling now is free on bond after having been booked into the McCurtain County Jail in Idabel, Okla., booking records show.
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