Moment OK Gov Kevin Stitt’s son, 20, is arrested after he was found drunk outside haunted house

‘My dad is the governor’: Moment Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt’s son, 20, is arrested after he was found drunk outside haunted house with case full of guns in his car on Halloween

  • The son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt was seen on video in an incident with local police after they’d found him intoxicated and with guns in his truck 
  • John Andrew Stitt, who goes by Drew, was confronted by Deputy Katlin Long in Logan County on Halloween night after the guns were found in the parking lot 
  • Stitt, 20, approached the officers and said: ‘To be honest, my dad is the governor.’ At one point, he admitted to the officers he’d been drinking 
  • Long can be heard responding: ‘I don’t care,’ to which Stitt replies: ‘No, I know, I’d just like to clarify’
  • Neither Stitt nor his friends were arrested and one of them who didn’t appear intoxicated drove him home with a police escort
  • The sheriff’s office recommended a charge for possession as a minor, but the local DA offered a ‘deferred prosecution’
  • The program, meant for minors with no prior record, allows Stitt to do community service to avoid a criminal record 

The son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt will avoid a criminal record or a charge after he was seen on video in an incident with local police after they’d found him intoxicated and with guns in his truck.

John Andrew Stitt, who goes by Drew, was confronted by Deputy Katlin Long in Logan County on Halloween night after the guns were found in the parking lot of a local haunted house. 

Stitt, 20, approached the officers and said: ‘To be honest, my dad is the governor.’ At one point, he admitted to the officers he’d been drinking after they asked if he’d been using marijuana.

Long can be heard responding: ‘I don’t care,’ to which Stitt replies: ‘No, I know, I’d just like to clarify.’

She then asks Stitt if he was the driver and he calls out ‘a buddy’ named Ashley as the driver. The deputy then asks him to get his phone and call his parents.

The son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt will avoid a criminal record or a charge after he was seen on video in an incident with local police after they'd found him intoxicated and with guns in his truck

The son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt will avoid a criminal record or a charge after he was seen on video in an incident with local police after they’d found him intoxicated and with guns in his truck

John Andrew Stitt, who goes by Drew, was confronted by Deputy Katlin Long in Logan County on Halloween night after the guns were found in the parking lot of a local haunted house

John Andrew Stitt, who goes by Drew, was confronted by Deputy Katlin Long in Logan County on Halloween night after the guns were found in the parking lot of a local haunted house

Stitt, 20, approached the officers and said: 'To be honest, my dad is the governor.' At one point, he admitted to the officers he'd been drinking after they asked if he'd been using marijuana

Stitt, 20, approached the officers and said: ‘To be honest, my dad is the governor.’ At one point, he admitted to the officers he’d been drinking after they asked if he’d been using marijuana

Stitt, seen in a photo with his father, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Stitt, seen in a photo with his father, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Stitt, seen here with his entire family including John, recently won a second term in the governor's mansion

Stitt, seen here with his entire family including John, recently won a second term in the governor’s mansion

Police spoke to four other people who had been riding in a black Dodge Ram that Stitt said he was traveling in and reported the ‘odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle… and emitting from their person,’ including a 30-pack of Natural Light.

Long eventually says: ‘I’m pretty upset right now. He was trying to say he wasn’t intoxicated, but I could tell from his pupils that he is really intoxicated. I could smell him and he is slurring his words.’

However, no arrests were made, according to The Oklahoman, and Stitt’s mother Sarah – who spoke to police on the phone – said a member of the state’s highway patrol would come get the guns, after the officer told Stitt to call his father to get someone to retrieve them as he was ‘clearly intoxicated and underage.’

One of the boys in the Dodge Ram, who police said did not appear to be under the influence, was allowed to drive himself and Stitt back to Stillwater with officers following. 

This sort of security detail is completely legal under Oklahoma state law.  

Four firearms, a rifle and alcohol were found in the truck and entered into evidence, according to a police report. 

None of the people involved, including Stitt, were arrested. 

Earlier this week, however, the sheriff’s office recommended Stitt be charged for possessing alcohol as a minor, The Oklahoman reported.

The local District Attorney Laura Thomas instead chose to offer Stitt what’s known as ‘deferred prosecution,’ which would allow him to do community service to avoid a charge and a criminal record. 

Thomas told KOCO 5 that the program – which started in 2021 – was meant to avoid putting minors with no criminal record into the justice system for possession. Only minors with no record get offered the program.

Stitt's mother Sarah (pictured right) - who spoke to police on the phone - said a member of the state's highway patrol would come get the guns, after the officer told Stitt to call his father to get someone to retrieve them as he was 'clearly intoxicated and underage.'

Stitt’s mother Sarah (pictured right) – who spoke to police on the phone – said a member of the state’s highway patrol would come get the guns, after the officer told Stitt to call his father to get someone to retrieve them as he was ‘clearly intoxicated and underage.’

District Attorney Laura Thomas instead chose to offer Stitt what's known as 'deferred prosecution,' which would allow him to do community service to avoid a charge and a criminal record

District Attorney Laura Thomas instead chose to offer Stitt what’s known as ‘deferred prosecution,’ which would allow him to do community service to avoid a charge and a criminal record

She added that his name had nothing to do with the offer: ‘Whether his last name was Stitt or Hofmeister doesn’t matter to me,’ Thomas noted, referring to Stitt’s father and Joy Hofmeister, the Democrat he recently beat in the state’s gubernatorial election.

Sheriff Damien Devereaux was questioned as to whether Stitt received special treatment as well. 

He said: ‘People are talking about this being swept under the rug, but we did a fully detailed report that day and submitted an affidavit to the district attorney’s office for charges.’

When informed of the deferred prosecution offer, Devereaux called it ‘typical’ and that it ‘doesn’t surprise me when there isn’t a prior record.’ He also called Long ‘one of our best.’

Devereaux was later asked about the weapons and clarified that Stitt ‘wasn’t using the weapons’ and, as far as they could tell, ‘wasn’t driving’ so they didn’t believe they had anything to charge him with outside of possession.  

Sheriff Damien Devereaux was questioned as to whether Stitt received special treatment as well and said that the situation was handled appropriately and if anything, they were tougher on Stitt as the governor's son

Sheriff Damien Devereaux was questioned as to whether Stitt received special treatment as well and said that the situation was handled appropriately and if anything, they were tougher on Stitt as the governor’s son

Devereaux was later asked about the weapons and clarified that Stitt 'wasn't using the weapons' and, as far as they could tell, 'wasn't driving' so they didn't believe they had anything to charge him with outside of possession

Devereaux was later asked about the weapons and clarified that Stitt ‘wasn’t using the weapons’ and, as far as they could tell, ‘wasn’t driving’ so they didn’t believe they had anything to charge him with outside of possession

He also didn’t believe Stitt was drunk, but merely under the influence. 

Devereaux even suggested it ‘is fair to say’ that Stitt was treated harsher than the usual perp would’ve been because he’s the governor’s son.

He added: ‘In some respects, we did go the extra mile, to document this situation, cover our bases, so that we don’t get accused of doing a favor for the governor’s office because we don’t work that way.’ 

Stitt, who is a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, was also apparently not acting illegally for having the guns in the truck. He told an officer that he was hunting deer earlier in the day.

The sheriff called it ‘kind of reckless,’ but he didn’t know that it was illegal. 

It is not clear yet whether Stitt has accepted the deferred prosecution.  

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