Tahlequah Daily Press

January 4, 2013

DUI and child endangerment buy jail time for local man

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man will spend several years in jail as part of a plea deal for felony child endangerment and driving under the influence.

Drew Curtis Scott, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for three years in prison, followed by four years suspended.

Scott, along with Whitney Felicia Dale Barr, was arrested by Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Capt. Bill James last summer. Witnesses said Scott – whom they described as being “highly intoxicated,” according to James – got into a vehicle somewhere along the Illinois River and drove off with his two young children and Barr in the car.

A witness followed Scott, who later allegedly pulled over and allowed Barr to get behind the wheel.

James stopped the vehicle and arrested Scott, who had a .36 blood-alcohol content, which is more than four times the legal limit.

James said the witness who had followed the vehicle pinpointed Scott as the initial driver.

Because of his alcohol content, Scott was taken to a hospital for treatment before he was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Barr was arrested and later charged with child endangerment-permitting abuse and aggravated DUI. She accepted a plea agreement last October and was given a five-year deferred sentence on the child endangerment charge.

Her aggravated DUI charge was reduced to a DUI, and she received a one-year suspended sentence, while also being ordered to successfully complete drug court supervision, according to court records.