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Roland man charged with child endangerment

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - A Roland man was arrested Sept. 11 and charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle and child endangerment by driving under the influence, both felonies.

Daniel Alan Dye, 47, could face up to two years on the unauthorized vehicle use count and four years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000 if he is convicted of child endangerment.

He was also charged with public intoxication, a misdemeanor.

On Sept. 11, a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to a residence to speak with a female about the unauthorized use of a vehicle. She told police that her son, Dye, had taken her vehicle that morning along with another male and a child. She stated that Dye said he was going to help a friend work on a car but he had not returned with her vehicle. Dye’s cousin had contacted his mother from her residence at Garden Walk apartments later in the day and told her that Dye and another male had been at her residence and appeared to be “messed up.” The mother stated that Dye had a previous history of narcotics and had just recently gone to rehab.

About an hour later, dispatch received a call from a convenience store on West Cherokee Avenue about a male who appeared to be under the influence getting in a vehicle matching the description of the taken car.

The vehicle was located at on Main St. in a parking area. It was occupied by two males and a child.

Upon arrival at the scene, Dye was placed in handcuffs by officers. Dye was reportedly unsteady on his feet and had uncontrollable body movements. When they pulled the passenger from the vehicle, he was sweating profusely and also had uncontrollable movements.

The child was removed from the back seat of the car and taken to the Sallisaw Police Department.

A search of the car turned up a used syringe.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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