The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 22, 2013

Mom charged with DUI, child endangerment

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid mom is facing possible prison time after being charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Rachael Lynette Cross was arraigned Thursday on the two felony counts, as well as misdemeanor counts of driving with license suspended, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and failure to comply with compulsory insurance law.

She faces up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine on the child endangerment charge and a fine of up to $2,500 and one to five years imprisonment on the DUI  charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department responded Aug. 14 to the 2000 block of West Oklahoma on a report of a non-injury accident.

Officer Geoffrey McBride spoke to the driver of a stalled minivan, identified as Cross, also known as Rachael Baker.

She told McBride she was eastbound when she heard and felt her van hit something, according to the affidavit. She said she continued eastbound until the van stopped running.

McBride noted in the affidavit he could smell an odor of an intoxicating beverage on Cross’ breath and noted she had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. McBride asked Cross if she’s been drinking and Cross began crying, according to the affidavit.

Cross said she had three Redd’s Apple Ales within the last hour. McBride asked if she felt she was too intoxicated to drive and she said, “I do now,” according to the affidavit. McBride then saw two children in the back seat of the vehicle: a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old.

When McBride asked Cross for her driver’s license, she said she did not have one, according to the affidavit. He then asked Cross for her insurance and Cross said she did not have any either, according to the affidavit.

Cross failed three field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. McBride contacted her husband and released the children and vehicle to him.

McBride then spoke to Shelly Stone, whose car Cross struck. Stone said she heard the crash and stepped outside and saw the van continue eastbound before stalling out. Stone said she spoke to Cross and was asked not to call the police, according to the affidavit.

Stone said Cross told her she was fully covered on insurance and would pay to fix the damage, according to the affidavit. Stone said she thought Cross was not going to stop and only did because her vehicle broke down.

Cross refused to take a breath test during her booking.