Man arrested for DUI while on probation for manslaughter released on house arrest

Stuart Wade Crenshaw

ENID, Okla. — A man charged with driving under the influence while on probation for manslaughter had his bond lowered during a hearing Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2020.

Stuart Wade Crenshaw, 33, was arraigned last week on the misdemeanor charge of aggravated driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The charge accuses Crenshaw of operating a 2015 GMC Sierra on Dec. 20 in the 3000 block of Willowbrook while under the influence of intoxicating liquor as measured by the state's breath alcohol test at .15 or higher.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, following Crenshaw's arrest he was given two breath tests, with results of .16 and .17 BrAC.

Crenshaw posted a $25,000 bond in the misdemeanor case but an application to revoke a suspended sentence was filed in Crenshaw's 2010 case on three counts of manslaughter. Bond on the application was set at $100,000.

Crenshaw pleaded guilty Jan. 9, 2014, to three counts of first-degree manslaughter in Garfield County District Court. He received 10 years on each count, two years to serve and eight suspended, with each count running concurrently.

District Judge Dennis Hladik heard argument from Crenshaw's attorney Eddie Wyant and Assistant District Attorney Ben Bowers before determining if Crenshaw's bond should be lowered.

Wyant told the court after his client posted a $25,000 bond on the misdemeanor and learned there was another $100,000 warrant for his arrest, his client immediately turned himself into Enid police. Wyant told the court there were other restrictions it could set to ensure the public's safety, such as requiring Crenshaw wear an alcohol-testing anklet.

"I'm concerned about his driving," Hladik told Wyant. "I don't want him driving."

Bowers argued there already were conditions of probation in place when Crenshaw was arrested on the DUI charge.

"Restrictions were already in place with a hefty sentence to be served if those conditions were not followed," he told the judge. "The bond is appropriate in this case and those extra conditions wouldn't satisfy the safety concerns."

Hladik said his problem was that, according to the affidavit filed in the new case, the drinking took place at home and Crenshaw made the decision to drive to a convenience store.

"How do you protect the public?" Hladik asked. "That is my concern."

Wyant told the court he'd investigated the alcohol-monitor anklet, which tests the wearer's perspiration every 30 minutes for alcohol. He said the ankle monitor could be tracked by a probation officer, or other official, using an app. The monitor also can be set to send notifications of positive tests.

Bowers argued the anklet would be reactive and not prohibitive, alerting officials after a violation has occurred.

Hladik took several minutes before delivering his decision to the court, saying, "This is an exceptional case."

He lowered Crenshaw's bond to $50,000 and ordered him to wear the anklet for alcohol usage and to monitor his current location for house arrest. Hladik told Crenshaw he would only be allowed to leave the house for work and could only be taken to work by others. The judge said his employer would have to confirm his transportation to and from work was being provided by others.

A hearing on the application to revoke the suspended sentence was set for 9 a.m. March 9. Crenshaw has a bond appearance in the misdemeanor case set for Jan. 15.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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