Police say a Canadian County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested on Friday after driving intoxicated in a sheriff’s unit.
Cameron Timothy Henderson was taken into custody. He later bonded out, according to police. Henderson is a resident of Piedmont and also a deputy.
Piedmont Police Chief Scott Singer said regardless of the suspect’s connection to the Sheriff’s Office and his familiar name, this is a case of an individual driving intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle. As a result, Singer confirms a large amount of property was damaged.
Singer said on Friday evening around 10:00, residents in the 1000 block of Olde Town Drive in Piedmont called police. They reported that a man was knocking on their back door and back window, asking them to get into the house. The homeowners convinced Henderson to go to the front door and wait there when they called police.
Officers arrived to find a heavily damaged Canadian County sheriff’s vehicle. It was a Chevrolet Tahoe with the front bumper torn off in the driveway. According to Singer, the vehicle was heavily damaged and inoperable.
Singer said Henderson appeared to be intoxicated. A field sobriety examination was completed. Henderson blew a .24 during the breathalyzer examination, which is more than three times the legal limit in Oklahoma. He said Henderson admitted to operating the sheriff’s vehicle.
Henderson was in civilian clothes and armed. He was taken into custody and transferred to the Yukon Police Department as a security measure since he has likely made contact with inmates in the Canadian County Jail through his work.
Charges were presented on Monday morning to the district attorney, including driving under the influence of alcohol, being under the influence while in possession of a firearm, various traffic charges, and various property charges. They are expected to be filed by end-of-day Monday.
Singer said Canadian County Sheriff’s Office has been very cooperative in sorting this matter out. Additionally, the Oklahoma City Police Department traffic unit assisted in reconstructing a series of collisions at different locations that involved the vehicle and the deputy.
“I think it’s a sad deal,” said Canadian County Sheriff Chris West. “I hate it for him and his family. I hate it for the victims of what he did on Friday night…hate it for his family. But we run a professional operation here. There are consequences for people when they make bad decisions and we don’t tolerate that here.”
As of Friday evening, Sheriff West said Henderson no longer works for the Sheriff’s Office.
At this time, Singer believes there are three locations, but multiple collisions within each. At this point, he is unsure of the total value of damage. Singer believes it is extensive.