NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After he accepted a plea deal to a lesser charge of child endangerment for driving with a 9-year-old boy in the car with him after he smoked a PCP cigarette and took a Hydrocodone pill, a Nacogdoches man was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication Thursday.
Floyd Rae Sweat, 52, appeared in Judge Campbell Cox's 145 Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing. As part of the plea deal, Sweat's driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car was dismissed.
Deferred adjudication is basically the same thing as probation. If Sweat can stay out of trouble with the law for the 5-year period, the child endangerment charge will be dropped from his criminal record.
In March 2013, Sweat's 9-year-old passenger flagged down a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden. When the game warden made contact with Sweat, who was driving a gray Ford F-150 pickup, Sweat was allegedly "shaking uncontrollably."
At that point, the game warden asked if everything was OK. The arrest affidavit stated that the boy "shook his head no and appeared to be scared."
When the game warden asked Sweat to get out of his pickup, the man had trouble standing up straight and had to be helped to the rear of the vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit. The affidavit said Sweat exhibited signs of intoxication.
Later, Sweat allegedly admitted to the game warden that he had smoked a PCP cigarette and taken a Hydrocodone pill. A representative from Child Protective Services met the game warden at Nacogdoches' Memorial Hospital, and the boy was released into his mother's custody.