ENID, Okla. — A 27-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on felony charges of DUI resulting in great bodily injury and two counts of child endangerment by driving under the influence. The man was driving a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in injury to a young child, according to emergency personnel.
Leenes N. Latak appeared before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment on the felony charges. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving with license suspended and failure to use child restraint system.
He faces four to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000 on the DUI resulting in great bodily injury charge and four years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on each child endangerment felony.
Lovell set bond for Latak at $5,000 and ordered him to return to court July 15, 2019, for a bond appearance.
Enid Police Department Officer David Sneed and Officer Geoffrey McBride were sent to an injury accident in the 100 block of West Garriott at 3:39 p.m. June 6, according to an affidavit filed in the case by Sneed.
On the scene, Sneed spoke with Jeffery Corter, the driver of a United Rental tractor trailer involved in the accident, according to the affidavit. Corter said he was not injured, but there was a child with a serious laceration to his head in the Kia Sorento that struck the back of his flatbed trailer.
Sneed was told by an Enid firefighter the youngest child in the Kia, a 2-year-old boy, had a large laceration on his forehead, according go the affidavit. The firefighter also said he was told the child was just being held by a passenger in the vehicle and was not in a child restraint system.
A 3-year-old boy in the vehicle was seated and restrained in a child seat behind the front passenger seat, Sneed notes in the affidavit.
Sneed spoke with the men in the Kia, noting the air bags in the vehicle had been deployed, according to the affidavit. Latak was in the driver's seat and holding the 3-year-old boy.
Sneed saw a small cut above the 3-year-old's left eye. He also noted there was blood splattered on the seats of the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The passenger, Jaspar Jarom, was holding the 2-year-old as the child was being attended to by emergency personnel. Sneed noted the 2 year old had a silver-dollar sized laceration on his forehead.
Latak handed Sneed his driver's license and Sneed saw the license was a learner's permit, according to the affidavit. Latak told Sneed he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Sneed attempted to speak with Jarom, but he was unresponsive.
Sneed checked Latak's license, and dispatch reported Latak had a suspended license with a learner's permit restriction, according to the affidavit. McBride saw Latak's seatbelt was buckled behind him and Latak was not wearing it.
Sneed spoke with Corter again. Corter said he was westbound on Garriott and stopped to wait for a vehicle to turn into the tag agency, according to the affidavit. He said 15 to 30 seconds later he felt the impact of the Kia striking his trailer.
Following the investigation of the crash, Sneed and McBride went to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center to check on those who were in the Kia, according to the affidavit. Ambulance personnel told the officers both adults had the odor of intoxicating beverages coming from their breath.
The officers spoke with Latak, whom Sneed noted had bloodshot, red eyes, and could smell the odor of intoxicating beverages coming from his breath, according to the affidavit. McBride asked Latak if he had been drinking. Latak said he drank last night.
McBride conducted a horizontal gaze nystagmus test on Latak, which indicated signs of impairment, according to the affidavit. McBride confirmed with hospital staff that Latak did not have any head injuries.
After hospital staff examined the 2-year-old boy, Sneed and McBride were able to view his injuries, according to the affidavit.
"I observed that the laceration was significantly deep, and I could see the child's skull," Sneed wrote in the affidavit. Hospital staff confirmed the boy's skull was visible from the injury.
Hospital staff told the officers they contacted MediFlight because the child needed to be transferred to OU Medical Pediatrics Unit, according to the affidavit. However, hospital staff said MediFlight was unable to transport the child because of the weather conditions. The boy was later transferred via ambulance.
At 5:20 p.m., McBride told Latak he was under arrest, according to the affidavit. After reading Latak an implied consent test request line by line, Latak agreed for the state's test for a blood draw. The sample was forwarded to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing.