Liquor store owner charged selling vodka to drunk driver

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - Guthrie police said 56-year-old Warren Lynn Potts had no business being behind the wheel of a car.

The pizza delivery man was seen driving erratically Wednesday around 10:45 a.m.

An alert citizen saw the man stumble out of Tony's Convenience Store and climb into a car.

The witness was so concerned, he called 911 and followed him, to a liquor store.

Potts exited the store with a large bottle of 100-proof vodka.

Guthrie PD caught up to Mr. Potts a few blocks away. 

According to Detective Mark Bruning, "He was across the center line several times and they stopped him. He was extremely intoxicated. He couldn't even stand up. It took two of us to escort him to the vehicle."

Warren Potts was arrested for felony DUI but the investigation didn't end there.

The District Attorney is also charging the liquor store owner for knowingly selling booze to a person who was clearly intoxicated.

"The person at the liquor store stated he fell down in the parking lot of the liquor store," Bruning said. "To me, there was no doubt he was intoxicated. He gave him a bottle and allowed him to leave driving in a vehicle. We know how many people get hurt or killed in DUI accidents."

The store owner initially denied knowing anything about the case and then politely asked us to leave. 

He said, "GO! You don't want to talk about it? I'd love to hear your side of the story."

He'll have a chance to tell his story to a Logan County Judge and the ABLE Commission. 

Bruning said, "We don't necessarily want to put him out of business but we want to get his attention; selling liquor to an already inebriated customer will not be tolerated here."

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