By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Ripley man, who reportedly had taken methamphetamine and LSD, has been charged with trying to elude Stillwater police by speeding and swerving into oncoming traffic on Sixth Street in a pickup truck — while wearing only a pair of boxer briefs.
Devin Reece Shrader, 21, who said he had tried to kill himself after an argument with a relative, was taken by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center where he was given a blood test “as he stated he was under the influence of methamphetamine and LSD,” Stillwater Police Officer Dusty Behne alleged in an affidavit.
Shrader was ordered jailed on $15,000 bail pending his arraignment this week on a felony charge of attempting to elude police and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
“He told me life and the stresses it pulls on people. He said he would not fall victim to this game anymore. He told me that he tried killing himself tonight (March 27) because he thought his life was meaningless, but realized it is actually worth something.
“I asked him if he had taken any drugs tonight. Devin told us that he has taken methamphetamine and LSD, but could not remember when he last used. I asked Devin who the truck belonged to. He told me his friend. I asked why he stole the truck. He told me he needed a way to get to the hospital because he has to fight to live and fight to do what is right.
“He told me that he wanted to be like me one day and that he wanted to be like each one of us wanting something for his life,” the Stillwater officer alleged in his affidavit.
Stillwater police had been sent at 1:16 am on March 27 to 3300 E. 6th “for a tan Chevy truck that nearly ran a reporting party off the roadway and was all over the road,” the affidavit alleged.
The truck, which ran a red light at 6th and Perkins Road, “continued to increase speed so I called out pursuit eastbound on 6th at approximately 85 mph as I activated my siren. The truck swerved towards oncoming traffic leaving the eastbound travel lanes and entering the center turn lane and then swerving back into the eastbound lanes of travel. I advised dispatch the vehicle swerved towards oncoming traffic in approximately the 1200 block of E. 6th Ave.,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
When Shrader pulled into a church parking lot in the 2400 block of E. 6th Ave. and stopped, “I could see smears of what appeared to be blood around the driver’s neck as he was only wearing a pair of blue boxer briefs and no other clothing…He asked for us to get him an ambulance. I could see a few puncture marks around his neck and upper chest or shoulder area,” that did not appear to be actively bleeding and were covered with a clear bandage, the officer wrote in his affidavit.
Shrader “was sweating profusely and breathing rapidly. I asked dispatch to respond LifeNet for puncture wounds to the driver’s neck and chest area,” the officer wrote in his affidavit. “A CT scan was performed on Devin. ER staff told us that one of the puncture wounds barely missed his carotid artery. Once it was decided Devin would be discharged, I placed him under arrest for felony eluding,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
After field sobriety tests in the ER hallway, Shrader was also arrested for DUI, the affidavit said. “We later learned that the owner of the truck did not wish to pursue charges on Devin for possession of the stolen truck,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.