Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council treasurer Robert T. Hendricks was arrested over the weekend and charged with operating under the influence of liquor.
On Saturday, December 31, at about 1:30 in the morning, Falmouth Police Department patrolman Joshua Oliver pulled over Mr. Hendricks after noticing his car swerve momentarily into grass on the side of the road, as well as other unusual driving behavior.
Mr. Hendricks is currently in the final months of his position as treasurer on the council. In 2013, Mr. Hendricks defeated incumbent Mark Harding for the position. The tribal election will be held on Sunday, February 12, for the seats of chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and one tribal council member.
Besides the charge of driving under the influence, police charged Mr. Hendricks with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Falmouth District Court scheduled a pretrial hearing on February 16 during an arraignment on Tuesday.
In his police report, Officer Oliver noted that Mr. Hendricks, in an SUV, drove about 31 miles per hour in a 40-mph zone before he drove over a fog line and off the roadway, and used a turn-indicator with no road on which to turn. Officer Oliver also stated that while he questioned Mr. Hendricks after he pulled him over, his car began to move forward. After the patrolmen shouted at him several times to control the car, Mr. Hendricks placed the car in park.
Officer Oliver also stated that Mr. Hendricks refused to cooperate in booking.