Harrah High School student suspected of public intoxication

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HARRAH, Okla. – On Tuesday afternoon, a Harrah High School senior was sent to the hospital after school officials suspected he suffered from alcohol poisoning.

Phil Stewart, the security director for Harrah Public Schools, ended up with blood on his pants after detaining 18-year-old Devin Springer on the campus of Harrah High School.

“He appeared to be significantly impaired,” Stewart said.  “There was obviously an odor of alcohol coming from his body.  Slurred speech.”

When confronted by school staff members and told police would be coming, Stewart says Springer took off running.

However, he didn’t make it very far.

Officials say he ran the width of the street before falling down on his own.

Stewart says the blood on his pants was from Springer’s hands.

He says the teen grinded them into the pavement while he was face down, being detained.

“He just didn’t want to give his hands up,” Stewart said.  “A lot of people do that, and many times that’s in an attempt to conceal a weapon and that’s our obvious concern.”

Stewart says Springer was so intoxicated, an ambulance took him to an area hospital to test for alcohol poisoning.

Harrah police say Springer was arrested in November on a possession of marijuana complaint.

They say he will be charged in Tuesday’s incident with public intoxication.

Police say Springer is expected to be just fine.