A Sallisaw man was arrested Feb. 12 and charged with driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, court records show.
If convicted, Brian Fred Jenner, 55, faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 on the felony charge.
On the evening of Feb. 11, a Vian police officer received a call in reference to an individual who had seen someone crash into Vian Assembly of God and they thought the person was going to try and leave.
Upon arriving at the church, which is on U.S. Highway 64, the officer saw a white truck sitting in the church’s grassy parking area with a white male, later identified as Jenner, standing there with papers in his hand. From the officer’s vantage point, he could see that the east side of the church had significant damage to it and a portion of the church’s interior was visible from outside.
When asked what happened, Jenner said he was going to the smoke shop, which is southeast of the church, when, for an unknown reason, he turned into the church. Jenner said he was going to back up and turn around but said after he stopped he put the truck in Drive and hit the gas too hard he “guessed as best he could remember.”
The officer could smell alcohol coming from Jenner, who admitted to drinking two 24-ounce cans of beer that day. He was then placed under arrest.
A breath test revealed that Jenner’s blood-alcohol content was 0.12.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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