Bodycam footage released to social media showed the underage son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt drunk and confronted by police after being found in possession of firearms earlier this month.
On November 1, 2022, the 20-year-old son of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and his friends were reportedly detained by police near a haunted house in Guthrie after deputies were alerted about a trunk full of guns found in the parking lot of a local haunted house.
The firearms reportedly belonged to Kevin Stitt’s son, John Andrew Stitt, who told officers the guns were taken from his unlocked car by an unknown person.
Video shows Governor Kevin Stitt’s son using his power while being held by an officer
In the video, which has since gone viral, Governor Kevin Stitt’s son can be heard saying, “To be fair, my dad is the governor,” after he was found in possession of firearms. The officer then replied succinctly that she didn’t care and accused Stitt of being extremely intoxicated at the scene. The deputy said:
‘I’m going, to be honest. Governor’s son or not, your pupils are extremely dilated.’
After Stitt admits to being drunk, the officer asks him to call his parents, saying:
“Call your father or your mother, I don’t care which one.”
Stitt complied with the officer’s request and called, after which bodycam video revealed the deputy spoke to the parent. During the phone call, the deputy sheriff addressed the situation in which their son was found drunk and in possession of firearms. The officer is heard to say:
“So my concern is that a gun case was dragged from your son’s truck. And your son is drunk. Um, can you somehow come and collect these firearms?’
According to KOCO 5, the firearms were reportedly seized by a member of the governor’s executive security service. Stitt and his group were also escorted home by security.
Governor Kein Stitt’s son was offered a deferred prosecution program
According to the Oklahoman, after the Halloween incident, District Attorney Laura Thomas said Stitt had been offered a deferred prosecution program involving community service. The prosecution program will reportedly prevent Stitt from getting a criminal record.
Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux supported the district attorney’s offer, despite several people accusing the office of giving preferential treatment. However, Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux said Stitt was not arrested at the scene because he had not broken any laws that would warrant an arrest. Devereaux, while defending his office, told KOCO 5:
“Minor possession was the only charge we had for this deal, because he didn’t carry the guns. He didn’t use guns. He didn’t drive. He didn’t cause a disturbance. So he couldn’t have been arrested for public intoxication.”
According to officials, Stitt must complete the terms of the deferred prosecution program to avoid facing charges in the future.