Oklahoma senator’s wife arrested, claims she was ‘abused’ at county jail

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. - The wife of an Oklahoma state senator was arrested and jailed on multiple charges Sunday afternoon.

Summer Loveless, 38, wife of Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless, was arrested after police say she was uncooperative during a traffic stop.

Police said Loveless was speeding along l-44, near Northwest Expressway. She was allegedly changing lanes and following too closely to other vehicles.

An officer tried to pull her over, but she allegedly kept driving for about another mile. She, then, exited May Ave. and pulled into a Lowe's parking lot.

Authorities said, when the officer approached her car, Loveless had her window rolled up, made a gesture to the officer signaling for him to wait, then, proceeded to send a text message.

State Senator Kyle Loveless
State Senator Kyle Loveless

Eventually, the officer talked with the senator's wife and found out she was driving with a suspended license.

"At this point, the driver had her radio turned up apparently loud. The officer tried three different times to get her attention. Finally, she turned the radio back down and was able to make contact with the officer," Capt. Paco Balderrama Oklahoma City Police Dept. "Initially, the driver was not cooperative... continued to argue with the officer, but subsequently, was placed under arrest."

Loveless faces charges of driving under suspension, two counts of following too closely, and one count of obstructing an officer.

In a Facebook post, Loveless ranted about how she claims she was treated in the Oklahoma County Jail, saying she was "psychologically and sexually abused."

That post has since been deleted.

The senator sent a statement to NewsChannel 4 on Thursday.

"Summer and I both regret this incident. We both have deep respect for Oklahoma's law enforcement and the tough job they have, and we know no one, not even a State Senator or his family, is above the law.

Summer vented on her personal Facebook page but then deleted the post soon after.

We recently had our second child and, like many new mothers, my wife is battling postpartum depression. She is sorry for the incident and has been seeking treatment.

This is been a difficult time for both of us but it will not affect my work on the much more important issues facing Oklahoma."

Sheriff John Whetsel also released a statement on Thursday about the arrest.

“It has been brought to our attention that the wife of an Oklahoma State Senator, arrested by Oklahoma City Police and brought to the Oklahoma County jail, has made allegation on social media of mistreatment and sexual assault while in our custody. Summer Loveless was booked into the jail on October 4. She spent approximately 20 hours in the facility before her release on bond. We have been reviewing video of her interaction with staff and while in a holding area. The video does not show any mistreatment of Mrs. Loveless by our staff or anyone else in the jail. Throughout the night video evidence shows on multiple occasions she was provided water and bathroom breaks.  We believe Mrs. Loveless’ allegation of being sexually assaulted stems from her being patted down by a female office, which is also on video. We find the pat down was appropriately conducted by the female officer and in accordance with policy. As for the allegation her husband, Senator Kyle Loveless, was lied to when he called asking about a time to bond her out, we have no information with whom he may have talked to about this issue. Mrs. Loveless was booked on an Oklahoma City charge and would thus need to contact the arresting agency (OCPD) to arrange bond.

Based on her Facebook complaint we have opened up an investigation. We have been and will be in contact with the District Attorney’s office during the investigation. We provided their office with a copy of all video that pertained to Mrs. Loveless’ time in the jail and will provide them a completed copy of our investigation.”

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