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Grandfather charged with child endangerment, DUI

 


A Tonkawa man stopped for no seatbelt and crossing the centerline ended up with DUI and child endangerment charges. Terry Lee Cain, 61, of Tonkawa, was charged in Woods County District Court on May 13 with child endangerment by driving under the influence, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to four years and/or a fine of $5,000. Cain was also charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.

Court records show on Friday, April 26, at 7:25 p.m., Park Ranger Adam Honeyman was southbound on US281 approximately a mile south of Waynoka when he met a northbound black Chevrolet pickup. He observed the vehicle cross the centerline of the roadway just before they met and also saw the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. As he turned his vehicle around, Honeyman observed the vehicle crossing the centerline again.

Honeyman activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the 2003 pickup. The driver quickly exited his vehicle. Honeyman explained the reason for the stop and told him he should have remained in the vehicle. After identifying Cain from his driver’s license, Honeyman detected an odor of alcoholic beverages about Cain’s breath and person.

He asked Cain to have a seat in his patrol vehicle, observing Cain to be unsteady on his feet and using his pickup for balancing. Honeyman told Cain he could smell the alcohol and asked how much he drank. Cain first said one beer, then two and then said, “I’m not really sure,” according to the affidavit.

After conducting a series of field sobriety tests, Honeyman placed Cain under arrest. Cain said he had his grandson, age 7, in the pickup backseat. Honeyman located a scared crying child in the back passenger seat of Cain’s extended cab pickup. The vehicle was filled with so many items the boy had a very small space to sit and could not be seen from the driver’s side windows. The child’s mother was contacted to come and take custody of her son. She told Honeyman her son was with his grandfather for a weekend at the state park.

While talking to the seven-year-old, Honeyman could smell the distinct odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. He returned to his patrol car and asked Cain about the odor. Cain produced an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Adult Patient card. He told Honeyman where the marijuana was located and said it was for arthritis.

A wrecker was contacted to impound the vehicle. During an inventory search, Honeyman located a silver metal grinder containing marijuana residue and a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance later identified as marijuana.

Cain was taken to the Woods County Jail. After the standard 16 minute deprivation period, he took the state’s test on the Intoxilyzer 8000. Two breath samples showed a .11 breath alcohol concentration.

Cain’s bond was set at $2,000 on the felony charge and $1,000 on the misdemeanor. His next court date is June 11.

 

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