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March 17, 2014

Couple arrested for doing drugs while driving with child

CHICKASHA —

A Texas man and his wife allegedly partook in unconventional road entertainment Saturday in the form of beer and marijuana while taking their grandson to Enid.

Grady County Deputy Sean Knight stopped William and Tayonie Harris for speeding and said he noticed the smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from the car.

"Through talking with Harris, I detected him to have slurred speech and blood shot eyes," Knight said. "I asked William if he had been consuming alcoholic beverages and he stated, 'Yes, I had three beers and my wife had some too.' 

William told Knight that he he had been drinking while driving to take his grandson from Abilene to Enid, according to an incident report.

Knight said he proceeded to ask William if there was marijuana in the car.

"[William] stated, 'Yes, I smoked some earlier while driving.' I asked William if the child in the back seat was in the vehicle while this was going on," Knight said. "William advised me he was, in fact, in the vehicle."

William told Knight the marijuana was in the center console of the car and gave him permission to search the vehicle, according to the report.

Knight said he placed William under arrest and put him in his patrol car after his search.

Tayonie said she had been drinking beer and smoking marijuana because of the long trip. Knight told her to get out of the car as well, according to the report.

Knight said he found a bag of marijuana and $806 in cash.

The child was later released to his mother.

William and Tayonie Harris were arrested for child neglect, driving under the influence and possession of marijuana in the presence of a minor and taken to the Grady County Jail.

Bond was issued for both William and Tayonie Harris at $1 million. They were ordered to stay away from the child. A GPS tracker will be placed on their person should they bond out upon release.

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