By Cass Rains Staff Writer

An Enid alcohol and drug counselor was charged in Garfield County District Court Monday with a felony count of actual physical control of a motor vehicle.

Tim D. McMurphy, 43, of Enid, faces a felony charge that carries the same punishment as a subsequent driving under the influence offense.

The charge indicates the suspect was intoxicated and had the ability to drive the vehicle.

Subsequent offenses can be filed as felonies and are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine, with penalties increasing with repeat arrests up to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The first offense, a misdemeanor, carries a punishment of 10 days to one year in jail and a $150 to $1,000 fine.

McMurphy told Special District Judge J. Bruce Harvey he was employed in Enid at Choices Institute, located at 529 N. Grand.

The institute is a private behavioral health center which offers counseling for drug and alcohol abuse.

Choices Institute would "neither confirm or deny" whether McMurphy was or had been employed at the institute.

McMurphy is scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 13 for a bond appearance.

Bail was set at $500.

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