Cleveland County Clerk arrested on DUI charges in May

We have learned via the Ogle Mole Network that Cleveland County Clerk Tammy Belinson – someone who claims to be dedicated, trusted and professional – was arrested on DUI charges back in May, following a single-car accident in South Oklahoma City.

As far as we know, the arrest has not been reported by any local media outlets. Here’s the mugshot:

According to the police report, Belinson – who is also an executive board member of the Cleveland County GOP – crashed into a fire hydrant while making a turn near SW 104th and Santa Fe at around 4 p.m. on May 4th.

When police arrived on the scene, Belinson was allegedly slurring her words, unsteady on her feet and – like any Sith lord out celebrating Star Wars Day – smelled like alcohol.

She also had a McDonald’s cup filled with wine in her center console and an open box of wine in her passenger seat, because you know, Oklahoma. I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was a Bota Box Pinot Grigio. It pairs great with french fries and cheeseburgers.

Here’s the full breakdown of the scene from the police report:

Unlike when former Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill was arrested on DUI charges in 2014 (apparently drinking and driving is a pastime of county clerks everywhere), we have no clue if Belinson was “boned” out of jail.

For what it’s worth, this is Belinson’s second DUI arrest – that we know of – since she began serving as Cleveland County Clerk in 2008. The other occurred in rural Cleveland County in 2010. That’s when she went by her maiden name, Tammy Howard.

I checked OSCN to see if there were any more details about the 2010 and 2020 arrests, but surprisingly, none of the records appear to be online. Crazy, huh!? Maybe a County Court Clerk accidentally lost them or something.

Anyway, we’ve requested bodycam footage from the OKCPD. We’ll share it if we get it. Stay With The Lost Ogle. We’ll keep you advised.


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31 Responses

  1. Why do we elect county functionaries like clerks, assessors, treasurers, and sheriffs in low-turnout party primary elections… occasionally and rarely leading to Democrat vs. Republican November finals? Do we get the best people for the job if they just happen to be prominent cogs in the Party machinery?

    Obviously not. Think of all the bad-boy sheriffs we read about.

    This isn’t likely to change anytime soon. County officials have tons of influence with the legislature.

  2. I love your post but Pinot Grigio doesn’t pair well with McD’s . Heart disease and morbid obesity pairs well with McD’s. Pinot Grigio pairs well with seafood and some pastas. Your better that this. Sincerely one of you followers

    1. Pinot Grigo and Long John Silvers

  3. 4pm? Interested to see how she get her driver’s license back because refusal to blow is an automatic suspension.

    1. Who?

    2. True. Suspension of at least 180 days, longer depending on previous offenses.

      Google “Oklahoma implied consent.”

  4. Well, Cleveland County Court records would be handled by the Court Clerk, of course if she’s also a pal in the Party and they happen to be buds with a judge…. expunged! Sounds like this one was in Oklahoma Co., so maybe she’ll get proper adjudication. Also, seriously, I hope she addresses that drinking problem — 4 pm on a Monday while driving around OKC?

    1. Anything south of 89th street is Cleveland Co.

  5. Check OKC municipal court…..

  6. Do you know whos I am. I’m your kevland cuonty cwerk. I mean I’m a county in Cleveland clerky. I’m a cuntyclerk in Cleveland. Go Brwnns!

  7. They didn’t waste any time getting news of Cal Hobson’s arrest out to the news. I wonder what’s different here?

    Oh, right. Hobson’s a Democrat.

    1. A former senator’s arrest is more newsworthy compared to a county clerk’s arrest. It’s not a party thing. While not very newsworthy in the first place, a county clerk’s arrest is even more newsworthy than my arrest. Doesn’t matter what party she’s in and doesn’t matter what party I’m in.

      The amount of ‘thumbs ups’ to your post indicate that folks are letting their partisanship show, rather than apply critical thinking skills and come to a logical conclusion about how the news works.

      1. Why is the arrest of a former state senator”more newsworthy” than the arrest of a currently-serving county officer? I don’t get it.

        There’s also the issue of finding no record of this arrest, or her previous one, in OSCN. And there’s the reporting in the media of a similar arrest of the Oklahoma County Clerk.

        It does seem that there may be some favoritism for a Cleveland County courthouse buddy in play here.

        Not a case of “move along, nothing to see here.”

  8. I know Tammy. Cleveland County missed their chance to oust her in the GOP Primary. It was actually a very close race. There are some people in the county government that aren’t on the best of terms with her.

  9. Just to be clear, she is the County Clerk, not the County Court Clerk – those are two different offices.

    It is super frustrating that she won the primary election in June by only 87 votes.

  10. Drunk by 4PM on a Monday? I have a new hero!

  11. Working for local government in this state would drive a sane person to drink.

  12. Is the job of County Clerk this stressful? Sounds like a pretty cool job, sitting in an office and watch a cadre of office workers running around rubber stamping things, filing things and taking money. Maybe you have to occasionally interact with someone when there is an issue.

    No wait, I seem to remember Carolyn Caudill was never in the office, they tracked her parking entries and exits, and like many other offices things worked just fine when the boss is out golfing.

    Not sure if Nichols Hills resident David Hooten, the Oklahoma County Clerk is in the office a bit, or if stress has caused any addiction problems. Not sure how difficult it is to get elected to one of these gigs, but it does tend to be the usual suspects of people at the beginning and the ending of their political career.

    I’m guessing a booze-cruise in the ditch at Bricktown might not be the best Christmas party for the stressed out folks at the County Clerk’s office.

    1. Hooten has a DUI from back in about 2002. That’s what qualified him for the job.

  13. I’d like to point out that 17:00 is 5pm, not 4pm. It was 5 o’clock somewhere, and somewhere was actually 104th and Santa Fe that day. 🤷‍♀️

  14. Bag ‘o Wine.

  15. Typical behavior. Way to try and cause harm. Idiot.

    1. Not so much trying to cause harm as being wildly irresponsible, caring nothing for the safety of others on the road.

      Bet she doesn’t wear a mask either.

  16. That’s why you should as many names as possible, maiden, alias, nickname, etc. It gives you more chances to commit the same crime, but have more than one chance to do so.

  17. The county clerk has other duties than what you described. They sit on some boards with other county officials.

    1. She is also “an executive board member of the Cleveland County GOP.”

  18. Looks like she might be kind of hot?
    In a drunk slutty sort of way.
    In other words just my type.

  19. Why didn’t this get reported by the Norman Transcript or the Oklahoman before the election in June? This is her 2nd DUI so should be a felony. Who is hiding this arrest & subsequent prosecution? She shouldn’t be allowed to remain as Cleveland County Clerk. The voters were duped.

    1. Voters being duped is a national pastime in 2020 America.

  20. Ain’t Hosty a profit!

  21. Yep, she got the VIP treatment. Charges filed in municipal court.
    Traffic/Criminal Case Search | Oklahoma City, OK Record Search

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