Supervised probation, $1,700 in fines and fees, DUI School and having a breathalyzer system placed on his vehicle was the sentence handed down to a Claremore man Friday.

Ernest Eugene Haynes III, 20, pleaded guilty to four felony charges in connection with his arrest in August after eluding officers and driving at a high rate of speed.

Judge Janice Dreiling, of the 11th Judicial District, accepted the guilty pleas as she sentenced Haynes in District Court Friday afternoon.

Rogers County deputies arrested Haynes around 2:30 a.m. Aug. 20 after a high-speed pursuit, which ultimately caused Haynes to wreck his vehicle.

Speaking to the court, Haynes said he has “found God” and has a “good family and a good chance to do right and no chances to do wrong.”

He added that jail is no place for him, saying, “I was in isolation all by myself for a month, and even now, I’m still getting threats. I won’t last long in a place like that.

“I’m thankful that I get a second chance.”

Judge Dreiling told Haynes he was lucky. “I think you’re one fortunate person that you survived a crash at 120 mph and that you have a family who supports you and parents who allow you to live with them,” she said to Haynes. “I hope you are grateful to your parents, Mr. Kirkley and Mr. Wantland about the opportunity that you will not have a felony conviction.

“I hope you reflect on what a lucky guy you are and turn your life around.”

A special prosecutor and judge were called in due to the fact that Haynes is the son of 12th Judicial District’s District Attorney Gene Haynes. The senior Haynes and his wife were present during the hearing offering support for their son.

Pursuant to a plea agreement agreed upon by Haynes, his court appointed attorney Tim Wantland and Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Doug Kirkley, Haynes received a five-year deferred sentence and a $500 fine and court costs on the charge of eluding officers; a five-year deferred sentence, $500 fine and court costs on the charge of running a roadblock; a one year suspended sentence, $300 fine and court costs on the charge of driving under the influence; and a one year deferred sentence, $250 fine and court costs on the possession of controlled substance — marijuana charge. He will also pay an OSBI lab fee of $150.

Haynes was also ordered to attend DUI School, the Victims Impact Panel, and obtain a drug and alcohol assessment and follow any recommendations. Also part of his sentence, Haynes will be on supervised probation, which will be supervised through Wagoner County.

On his vehicle, Haynes will have an Interlock System installed for a period of six months. An ignition interlock is a sophisticated system that tests for alcohol on a driver's breath, according to a Web site that outlines DUI laws across the nation. The device requires the driver to blow into a small handheld alcohol sensor unit that is attached to a vehicle's dashboard and the car cannot be started if a BAC is above a preset level (usually .02 to .04 BAC).

Haynes, who has been convicted of DUI in Rogers County previously, testified Friday that the interlock system had just been removed from his vehicle one week prior to the August incident. It was in place due to his previous convictions.

Other charges filed following Haynes’ arrest were possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, taxes due state and driving under suspension — all misdemeanors — which were dismissed with the exception of court costs.

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