El Reno Councilman Goes On Drunken Golf Cart Ride

As we discussed in a previous article, the COVID-19 outbreak has shown that a lot of laws in Oklahoma were bullshit. We don’t need bans on alcohol delivery or waiting periods for unemployment to be a functioning society. And according to El Reno councilman Justin T. Chronister, apparently any laws that ban hot-rodding along city streets in a golf cart while wasted are also stupid.


EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) – An El Reno city councilman is accused of driving a golf cart while under the influence.

On Sunday, 40-year-old Justin T. Chronister, of El Reno, was pulled over driving a golf cart in town.

In the body camera video released by the police department, Chronister makes an admission.

“Four beers and then they made me take like two shots and then I was like, ‘I’ve got to go home,’” said Chronister.

In the video, officers found nine cans of beer in the golf cart and two of them were empty.

Well, good on Chronister for making the decision to quit drinking and go home before he did anything stupid! Though being close enough for your friends to have “made” you take 2 shots doesn’t sound like great social distancing practices. Still, I’m sure Chronister handled the situation like the professional he claimed to be…

Chronister was given a field sobriety test before he was placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a patrol car.

“I’ve been a civil servant for nine years,” he said.

Once at the police department, he asked about getting a phone call.

“You’re damn right I will. I’ve had one too many shots and I’m going four blocks and I’ve served this community for [expletive] eight years. You’re damn right I get a phone call.”

Chronister was booked into the Canadian County Jail. He was arrested on a number of charges, including driving under the influence.

You can check out the full arrest video here on KFOR. There seem to be some plot holes in good ol’ JT’s expletive-laden narrative. According to the video, Chronister claimed he was only driving 3 blocks (later corrected to 4 blocks, and again later to a measly 2) while under the influence of 4 beers and 2 shots (“1 too many shots”?). Chronister, who said he had been a civil servant to El Reno for 9 (later corrected to 8) years, appeared shocked that he was booked into jail for his offense.

But really, what would be shocking is hearing anything coherent coming out of the mouth of an allegedly intoxicated 40-year-old wearing a tank top and backwards ball cap. Because damn, Chronister seems to be narrating his story like a kid who doesn’t know you’re supposed to jump ahead to skip alternative story lines in a choose-your-own-adventure novel.

Hayley chose her own adventure. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek

Support Local Media

Help keep The Lost Ogle in business. Join the TLO Membership Club today for only $5 a month!

More The Lost Ogle News

9 Responses

  1. When I read it, “Justin T. Cronister” autocorrected to “JayTee Cronister” in my head. Fancy you know, like all them El Reno civil servants.

  2. So many questions. What was he celebrating? Who were his friends? And aren’t residents of Nichols Hills and Gaillardia the only Oklahomans allowed to operate golf carts on public streets while intoxicated? Was he on a road? Was he weaving? Did he cross the center-line? But mainly when did being a member of the El Reno city council be something you’d tell perfect strangers about?

  3. “They made me take like two shots…”

    That is what caught my eye. Clearly this incident was someone else’s fault, and definitely not that of Mr. Chronister, the fine public servant. Never take responsibility, blame someone else. Sound familiar?

    Mr. Chronister “refused the chance to take an Intoxilyzer test.”
    Definitely the behavior of an innocent man.

    At least Chronister didn’t threaten revenge against police officers (that we know of), like Rep. Dean Davis (R-Broken Arrow) did.


    Davis’ charges were reduced from felony to misdemeanor based on what tough-on-crime folks refer to as a “technicality” involving his earlier incidents. He appears to be a shoo-in for re-election.

  4. I feel like this is a great country song waiting to be written.. wait, scratch that. I feel like this is going to be a great song written and performed by Oklahomas own Mike Hosty.

  5. Thank goodness he wasn’t on the golf course!!

  6. El coincidence: per ODCR, a Justin Todd Chronister business does business in Canadian County as ON THE ROCKS MOBILE BAR SERVICE LLC and ON THE ROCKS LIQUID CATERING COMPANY. Go with what you know, I guess.

  7. He *really* doesn’t like wearing seat belts either. I counted 5 court cases involving the same damn thing from 2005 to 2017 on OSCN in Canadian County alone, plus another in Oklahoma County. How often do you have to be charged for the same damn thing before you think, “Hey, maybe I should just wear it and get it over with.”

    The other court cases involve two marriages, and a couple of permits to sell “low point beer” for the businesses that Davis mentioned.

  8. So, will there ever be a point where we stop electing the worst citizens of the state to run the government?
    Probably too late at this point to even ask.

  9. Must have a heck of a slice to be that far off the course looking for his ball.

Comments are closed.

We encourage engaging with our content, however we ask that you follow our Comment Policy. Learn more.

Join the Club.

Become a Member

Help keep The Lost Ogle in business. Join the TLO Membership Club today for only $5 a month!

You may also like...