LAWTON - A traffic stop in Elgin last week led to the arrest of a Duncan woman found to be transporting her baby in a vehicle while intoxicated.
A criminal felony charge of child endangerment by driving under the influence was filed against Paije Krysteen Hicks, 25, of Duncan, in Comanche County District Court on May 8. The crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to four years and/or a fine of $5,000.
CROSSING CENTER LINE
Court documents show that Hicks was pulled over by Elgin Police Officer James Vanderpool just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, when her vehicle, traveling westbound on US Highway 277, was observed crossing over the centerline. Officer Vanderpool reported in an affidavit for probable cause that HIcks, identified as the driver of the 2008 Hyundai SUV, had the odor of alcohol coming from her person at the time of the traffic stop and appeared visibly to be intoxicated. Hick's 5-month-old son was located in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle, along with a front passenger, Christopher Hixon.
Court documents note that the baby was placed into the care of family members that night. Upon searching the SUV, the officer noted that numerous opened and unopened bottles of 99 Bananas and 99 Apples liquor were located in various areas around the inside of the vehicle. Hicks was reportedly placed under arrest and transported to Lawton Police Department for further testing after multiple clues during the Standard Field Sobriety Test pointed toward intoxication. Records show that LPD Officer Phillips Davis conducted a State's Breath Alcohol Test on Hicks which reportedly tested at a concentration of 0.13. Hicks was booked into Comanche County Detention Center without incident and has since posted a $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.