A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop by Cushing police officer Dakotah Simpson has led to the arrest of Cushing resident Christopher Sean Ward, WM, 34, on charges that he was driving with a suspended driver’s license, possessing drug paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

Just after 4:00 p.m., Officer Simpson stopped Ward near the intersection of Walnut and Jones Streets, after seeing the Suburban Ward was driving towing a motorcycle with a chain. When Ward pulled over, Officer Simpson saw him and the passenger, a female, switch positions.

During the traffic stop, Officer Simpson ran a check on Ward’s driver license and learned his driving privileges were suspended. Officer Simpson then placed Ward under arrest for driving under suspension. During a search of Ward’s person before being taken to the jail, Officer Simpson found what resembled a light bulb that had been converted into a smoking pipe. Residue from the smoking pipe was field tested, and it test presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The smoking pipe will be sent to the O.S.B.I. Laboratory in Edmond for further testing.

“This was another solid arrest because of a traffic infraction. Officer Simpson did a really good job handling this investigation from beginning to end.” Deputy Chief Tully Folden said. “Ward’s arrest continues to reflect our commitment to a safe, livable Cushing”, Folden said.

Ward was held overnight at the Cushing jail on complaints of driving while his license is suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of CDS (methamphetamine).

This morning, Deputy Clyde Green took Ward to the Payne County jail where he is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon to be formally arraigned.