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Tulsa DHS attorney charged with manslaughter, DUI after fatal auto-pedestrian accident

TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa attorney for the Department of Human Services has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and DUI.

The charges come after 42-year-old Emma Arnett allegedly struck and killed 26-year-old Christopher Brown in an auto-pedestrian accident back in August.

Emma Arnett

Around 12:45 a.m. on August 27, the Tulsa World reports Brown was walking in the right lane of traffic when he was struck by Arnett’s vehicle, who was also driving in the right lane.

Brown was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police say Arnett identified herself to the officer on scene but “would not make statements until her attorney was present.”

The officer said he smelled a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from Arnett.

According to court records, she declined to take a breath or blood test. She did agree to take a field sobriety test, but officers said she failed.

Arnett was taken to the hospital for a blood test. Her blood alcohol level was 0.142. The legal limit is 0.08.

She was charged with first-degree manslaughter and DUI Friday.

Her court date has been set for December 8.