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Sallisaw man charged with driving under the influence of drugs

Monday, September 19, 2022 - A Sallisaw man was charged Sept. 6 with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, a felony.

Bobby Ray Hensley, 35, could face a fine of up to $2,500 and imprisonment for up to five years or a minimum of 28 days of treatment followed by 30 days of aftercare at the defendant’s expense.

Hensley was also charged with the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

On Aug. 28, a Sallisaw police lieutenant and a police officer were working stationary patrol near Washington Street and Cherokee Avenue when they spotted a red Dodge Ram pickup merge onto Cherokee Avenue and turn east from the PAC apartment complex. The truck then drove down Cherokee without headlights, which prompted the SPD to make a traffic stop.

An officer made contact with the driver, Hensley, who told them he didn’t realize his lights were not on.

The officer noted that Hensley’s speech was slurred and he appeared lethargic. He also allegedly had trouble keeping his eyes open. Hensley admitted to smoking marijuana shortly before driving, even though he did not possess a medical marijuana card.

Hensley told officers he was good to drive, which led the officers to perform some field-sobriety tests. He admitted to police that he had two syringes in his pocket.

Hensley failed further field-sobriety tests and he was subsequently transported to the Sequoyah County jail.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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