Child Endagerment Charges Filed
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Saturday, October 24, 2020, Atoka Police Officers Jedediah Griffith and Cody Poe responded to a verbal domestic in progress, with children present, in the Budget Inn parking lot, located at 102 South Mississippi Avenue.
Two adults were standing next to a maroon 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup, and a third suspect was sitting in the truck with the ignition on.
The Officers made contact with the adults: driver, William Cole Rodriguez, 32, of Atoka; two females standing outside the truck, Olivia Desiree Moore, 24 of Dallas, Texas; and Chelsea Nakaye Strickland, 24, of Atoka.
All adults told the Officers there had been a verbal argument between Rodriguez and Moore which resulted in the three children present to begin crying.
The strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was coming from Rodriguez’s person and breath. He had red, bloodshot, watery eyes, and slow, slurred speech.
The adults admitted to drinking from a bottle of liquor located inside the vehicle. Rodriguez was asked to exit the vehicle while the 1.75 litter bottle of Column 5 Texas Vodka was located in the driver side floor board.
While the Officers spoke to the individuals, Strickland attempted to open the driver door of the vehicle to get into the back seat with the children. She was instructed multiple times to stand away from the truck.
Officer Griffith attempted to place Strickland in handcuffs as she became loud, the odor of alcohol on her person.
Rodriguez and Strickland were placed under arrest. Moore agreed to take a Preliminary Breath Test. The results of her test were 0.044 breath alcohol content. Legally intoxicated in Oklahoma is 0.08.
The children were released to Moore and her grandmother. Strickland gave permission for her child to leave with Moore and the grandmother.
Rodriguez and Strickland were transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking. Moore was not arrested, however, a warrant was requested.
Rodriguez gave two breath samples, the first result was 0.23 and the second 0.21 breath alcohol content.
Moore and Strickland are both charged with child endangerment by permitting the children in vehicle when driver is impaired or under the influence (felony).
Rodriguez is charged with child endangerment by permitting the children in vehicle when driver is impaired or under the influence (felony), and actual physical control of vehicle under the influence (misdemeanor).