The Edmond Sun

March 18, 2014

Woman faces child endangerment charge

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A metro woman stopped in Edmond faces a felony child endangerment complaint for allegedly driving under the influence with a 4-year-old child in her vehicle, an incident report states.

Early Saturday morning, Edmond Police Officer Timothy Ivy was working a special traffic enforcement assignment in a marked squad car at 11th Street and Broadway observing traffic, Ivy stated in his incident report.

At about 2:45 a.m., he clocked a gray Chevy Malibu traveling north on Broadway at 47 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to Ivy’s report. Ivy initiated a traffic stop and the car pulled over in about the 300 block of Broadway.

Ivy stated he told the driver the reason for the stop, and while he was speaking with her he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car. Ivy stated he could see that her eyes were red and watery and her speech was slurred.

The driver said she did not have a license or proof of insurance in the car, and she admitted she had been drinking earlier, Ivy stated. In the car with her was a 4-year-old child, Ivy stated.

According to Ivy’s report, the driver exhibited all six clues of intoxication on the horizontal gaze nystagmus test; she refused to do any other tests. Ivy stated he arrested the driver, Kendra Shalay Thomas, 26, of Del City. Ivy stated two breath test samples showed the suspect had a blood alcohol content of .18 and .17.

After the child was turned over to an unidentified person, he contacted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and made a referral, Ivy stated.

The suspect was transported to the county jail where a detention officer found six vials hidden on her person; four were empty and two contained a liquid substance that tested positive for PCP, Ivy stated.

In addition to the child endangerment complaint, the suspect faces complaints of DUI, possession of a synthetic narcotic (PCP) and bringing contraband into a jail, Ivy stated.

On Monday, criminal probable cause paperwork was filed with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, according to court records. A records check showed the suspect had a prior arrest for DUI, Ivy stated.

Under state law, any DUI in which the driver has a blood or BAC level of .15 or more is an aggravated DUI, which adds additional penalties such as installation of an ignition interlock device and periodic treatment throughout probation if convicted. | 341-2121, ext. 108