By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man, who was arrested 11 days after reportedly crashing a stolen 2014 Honda and attempting to elude a sheriff’s deputy from McElroy and Fairgrounds Road to Lakeview and Fairgrounds Road in rural Stillwater while possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, pleaded guilty to that four-count charge Tuesday.
For possessing the stolen vehicle, Ryan James Davidson, 27, was given a 180-day jail term followed by one and one-half years of probation with an order to have a substance abuse evaluation, follow any recommendations, provide a DNA sample and pay $1,610 in assessments along with court costs by Associate District Judge Michael Kulling.
For attempting to elude, possessing marijuana and having drug paraphernalia, Davidson was given three concurrent one-year probationary terms plus $325 in assessments as part of a plea bargain with the prosecution approved in court Tuesday.
Davidson was driving a car that was reportedly stolen in Stillwater when Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Wheeler attempted to stop him at 1:21 am on June 30 in rural Stillwater, according to his affidavit.
“As we were approaching Fairgrounds, I was pacing the vehicle ahead of me at approximately 87 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. The vehicle was also traveling in the middle of the road, well over the center line. As the vehicle approached Lakeview Rd., it signaled as if it were going to turn westbound but made a sharp turn eastbound.
“The vehicle crashed into a barbed wire fence on the northwest corner. I approached the suspect vehicle with my department-issued service pistol. The driver-side door was open upon my approach, and a white male matching the male I observed in the passenger seat earlier was exiting the vehicle with his hands in the air,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The passenger, who was cooperative, “was unsure of where Ryan went after the vehicle wrecked out,” the affidavit said.
At about 1:42 am, Deputy David Sloan and his K-9 partner started a track for the suspect whose red shirt was located west of the wreck, the affidavit said. “At approximately 2:27 am, we discontinued the track and released the perimeter after failing to locate Ryan Davidson,” Deputy Wheeler wrote in his affidavit.
While inventorying the vehicle, Deputy Lori Williams “located a camouflage backpack containing approximately 14.2 ounces of marijuana, two glass pipes and a small wad of tin foil containing a blue pill that appeared to have been burned. Based on my training and experience, I believed the pill to be Fentanyl. The glass pipes and the blue pill field-tested a presumptive positive for Fentanyl,” Deputy Wheeler alleged in his affidavit.
Eleven days later, Davidson was arrested by Cushing police and subsequently charged with driving on a suspended license a Dodge Durango at 1100 E. 9th in Cushing and possessing methamphetamine, for which he was given two concurrent one-year probationary sentences Tuesday on his guilty pleas. On his drug count, Davidson was also ordered to comply with the Methamphetamine Registration Act and to pay $275 in assessments.