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Muldrow man charged with child endangerment

Kendall Ray Edwards

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - A Muldrow man was arrested April 25 and charged with child endangerment by driving under the influence, court records show.

Kendall Ray Edwards, 34, could face up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000 if he is convicted. He also faces fines and jail time for two misdemeanors: driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and transporting an opened container of an intoxicating beverage.

On April 25, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was observing traffic near the intersection of Highways 141 and 64 when a female driver pulled up next to him and stated that a maroon Ford truck was traveling east on 64 and swerving all over the road. The deputy watched as the truck in question left the Gans Git-n-Go on Highway 64. The officer pursuing the truck noticed the vehicle swerved and crossed the center line twice, prompting him to initiate a traffic stop.

The truck failed to yield to the officer’s lights, instead continued to head east on 64. During an attempt to stop the Ford, the truck swerved over the center line and ran a westbound vehicle off the road. About a mile and a half down the road, the officer watched as the truck’s driver put his seat belt on and pulled over.

The driver, identified as Edwards, appeared extremely nervous and he reportedly smelled of alcohol. Edwards denied having had any alcohol that day, but after further questioning he admitted to having consumed about one-quarter of a bottle of Fireball whiskey. The man agreed to undergo several sobriety tests, which he failed.

The 5-year-old passenger in Edwards’ vehicle was released to his mother.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers discovered two empty Bud Light “tall boys,” two empty “tall boys” of Busch Light and a 355ml bottle of Fireball that was about three-quarters empty.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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