A misdemeanor DUI charge has been filed against Lincoln County’s emergency manager and 911 director and county commissioners are holding a special meeting Thursday to discuss possible disciplinary action.


A misdemeanor DUI charge has been filed against Lincoln County’s emergency manager and 911 director and county commissioners are holding a special meeting Thursday to discuss possible disciplinary action.
Joey Ray Wakefield, 39, is charged in Lincoln County District Court with one count of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, aggravated.
He is accused of driving a Ford pickup on County Road 860 and 3400 Road in the Chandler area last week. Charges allege he was driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor as measured by the state’s test as .15 or higher. Wakefield was arrested by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies.
Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Wakefield, who also served as a reserve deputy for his office as well as a part-time police officer in Agra before his arrest, was suspended from both agencies with Wakefield voluntarily turning in his badge and commission cards last Friday.
Dougherty said Wakefield was arrested after deputies were dispatched to an area north of Chandler about 12:33 a.m. Friday, where residents reported seeing two white pickups and heard shots being fired.
One deputy stopped the first pickup while another followed tail lights of another pickup a short distance up the road.
Wakefield was found to be driving the second pickup and appeared to be intoxicated, the sheriff said. Wakefield had two passengers in the pickup — his son, Tyler Wakefield, 18, and 19-year-old Justin Hill.
Joey Wakefield was arrested on the DUI complaint, the sheriff said, and consented to a Breathalyzer test that showed .17, making him legally intoxicated.
The teens were both arrested on complaints of public intoxication, Dougherty said. All were released from jail Friday after posting bail.
The driver in the first pickup, Conrad Max Caton, 31, was arrested on a complaint of transporting a loaded firearm and possession of methamphetamine after officers found the substance in his pickup during impound, Dougherty said. Caton also was released from jail after posting a bond Friday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, it appeared no charges had been filed in district court for the others arrested.
Dougherty said Wakefield’s arrest occurred not too far from his home; Dougherty said Wakefield’s birthday was Thursday and he had recently purchased a new pickup, so he took his son and Hill for a ride.
While driving in that area, they passed Caton, whom they knew, he said. Caton was reportedly showing them a new rifle he had just acquired, and the group apparently fired it a few times into the bar ditch to try it out, the sheriff said, with the sound of that gunfire being reported to 911. The two pickups were parting ways and leaving the area when deputies arrived, Dougherty said.
Lincoln County commissioners have called a special meeting for Thursday, with an agenda item to consider an executive session to discuss disciplinary action again Wakefield as the county’s emergency management director. His status as the 911 director isn’t known, but reports indicate there should be a meeting of that 911 trust board on Friday.
Wakefield’s next court date is scheduled March 3. If he is convicted of the misdemeanor, he could face a fine up to $1,000 and imprisonment for 10 days to one year; mandatory treatment of at least 28 days; at least one year supervision with periodic testing; 480 hours of community service and an ignition interlock for at least 30 days, the charge shows.
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