By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A teenager accused of trafficking fentanyl and hitting an Iowa Tribe police car while attempting to elude Perkins Police Officer Jason Thompson on July 4 has been ordered held in the Payne County Jail on $100,000 bail pending a court appearance this week.
If convicted of a five-count charge including striking two Iowa Tribe police officers with his car and driving in Perkins on a suspended license, Tristain Ladell McKissick, 19, of Shawnee, could be given as much as a life prison term plus 26 years’ incarceration, according to court documents filed by prosecutor Jeremiah Gregory.
McKissick was arrested at 4:41 am on July 4 at Highway 177 south and 740 Road where Iowa Tribe Officers Miles and Savage had positioned themselves, according to the Perkins officer’s affidavit.
At 4:35 am the Perkins officer had spotted a Nissan with a paper tag traveling through Casey’s parking lot at a high rate of speed with no headlights on, the affidavit alleged.
“The Nissan kept gaining speed and turned south onto North Main Street,” during a pursuit in which the driver ran five stop signs, the affidavit alleged.
“The speeds climbed to 111 mph on Hwy. 177 south through the S turns. At one point a vehicle traveling north on Hwy. 177 south had to move out of their lane onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by the Nissan,” the affidavit alleged.
The Perkins officer requested that Iowa Tribe units be advised about the pursuit and learned their officers had already positioned themselves at Hwy. 177 south and 740 Road — where the Nissan collided with the tribe’s Dodge Durango at an excessive speed, the affidavit alleged.
“The Nissan ripped the front utility bumper and the push bumper right from the Iowa Tribe’s Durango. The Nissan then went into a slide in the dirt and grass down the roadway,” the affidavit alleged.
“At 4:40 am Iowa Tribe Officers Miles and Savage exited their patrol vehicle and ran down the road and into the grass to where the Nissan finally came to a rest. I drove my patrol vehicle past the unusable Iowa Tribe unit and placed my patrol vehicle where my headlights would rest on the Nissan. “Miles and Savage had two male occupants from the vehicle outside of the vehicle at gunpoint,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
“I searched McKissick and retrieved $300 in $100 bills, one retractable lighter, and retrieved his cell phone from his vehicle,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
The Perkins officer also searched McKissick’s teenage passenger and retrieved from his right front pant pocket $366 in mixed bills and a plastic zip-type bag containing colorful pills that were then believed to be marijuana edibles. “We did not have a chargeable offense,” for the passenger at the time, the affidavit said.
“In the Nissan, there was a gun in the passenger seat pouch,” a Taurus 9 mm loaded with a bullet in the chamber and six bullets in the magazine, which, along with what were then thought to be marijuana edibles, were not returned to the passenger due to his age, the affidavit alleged. “I retrieved the $366 in cash and gave it back to him,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
“In the vehicle passenger’s side floorboard, I located a black zip-lock type bag containing marijuana,” that weighed 13.7 grams. In the cupholder, in a clear plastic cup were two blunts partially smoked,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
Both teenagers were examined by medical staff and cleared, the affidavit said.
When another Perkins police officer saw what were then believed to be edibles in the marijuana bag, “Officer Bowen said there is a chance it could be fentanyl,” a pill of which subsequently field-tested as containing fentanyl, the affidavit alleged.
The Perkins officer “packaged the presumptive positive fentanyl in a separate bag and marked it as a biohazard,” and also separated one pill from the rest to be sent separately to the state crime bureau for chemical analysis, the affidavit alleged.
Retained as evidence were the ammunition, firearm, cell phone, and $300 found on McKissick, the affidavit alleged. Marijuana and burnt residue in blunts were packaged for destruction, the affidavit alleged.