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April 3, 2013

Guilty plea: Former Hennessey assistant police chief gets deferred sentence on misdemeanor DUI charge

ENID, Okla. — The former Hennessey assistant police chief arrested last year on a DUI complaint pleaded guilty Wednesday to the misdemeanor charge and received a deferred sentence.

Charles Isaac Francisco, 35, was charged with the misdemeanor after being stopped June 10, 2012. He faced a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for 10 days to a year.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officer Kenyon Hughes stopped an Ford F-150 traveling an estimated 50 mph on the west access road of North Van Buren. The pickup ran the stop sign at 3000 N. Van Buren and later slammed on its brakes to avoid colliding with another vehicle, causing the Ford’s nose to dive and rear to raise, according to the affidavit.

Hughes spoke with Francisco and asked for his license. Francisco gave Hughes his driver’s license and Hennessey Police Department card and stated, “Just so you know who I am,” according to the affidavit.

Hughes told Francisco the reason for the stop and noted Francisco had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Hughes also noted an odor of intoxicating beverages coming from Francisco, according to the affidavit.

Hughes asked Francisco how much he’d had to drink that night and Francisco said a couple of beers. He said he was coming from Waukomis to pick up a friend from Scooters.

Hughes asked Francisco to step from the truck so he could perform a field sobriety test to see if he could drive.

When Francisco stepped from the truck, Hughes noted he had to use the vehicle for support, according to the affidavit. Francisco failed the test, and Hughes noted during the test Francisco “swayed in a circular motion from heel to toe.”

Hughes explained the one-leg stand test to Francisco, and Francisco said he understood the test. Francisco raised one leg and counted to two and began to wobble back and forth on his left foot, according to the affidavit. When Francisco reached the count of four, he put his foot down and admitted to being drunk.

Hughes placed Francisco under arrest, and Francisco refused to take a breath test.

Francisco was fired from his position with Hennessey Police Department June 15 by Hennessey Board of Trustees.

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