By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A 33-year-old woman, who was convicted of domestic abuse in Perkins, has been jailed on $20,000 bail pending a July 1 court appearance on a felony charge accusing her of hitting a relative’s dog with a baseball bat plus a misdemeanor count of being intoxicated in public in Stillwater on June 5.
    If convicted in her Payne County case, Brittany Nicole Poplin, who is also wanted on a 2021 child neglect charge in Kay County, could be given a five-year prison term for animal cruelty and 30 days in jail for public intoxication.
    Poplin was arrested at 10:01 pm on June 5, about two blocks from a relative’s house where she had been living for 10 days, Stillwater Police Sgt. Sherae LeJeune wrote in an affidavit. At 9 pm, the relative had reported to police Poplin “was acting out and abusing the dog,” the affidavit alleged.
    “While in route to the residence, dispatch advised that Brittany was attempting to break down the front door. I arrived at 9:03 pm. Brittany was not present. As I approached the front door, I noticed a trail of blood drops on the sidewalk leading to the front door. There was fresh, wet blood on the door as well,” the sergeant alleged in her affidavit.
    The relative said, “This evening, she noticed Brittany started to become agitated and aggressive for no apparent reason. At one point, Brittany had cornered (the relative) while yelling at her with a bat in her hand. She explained that she has two dogs that are very protective of her.
    “One began to growl and then snapped at Brittany but did not bite her. Brittany struck the dog with full force using the bat causing the dog to yelp, then run away. Brittany then held the bat up as if she was going to hit (the relative).
    “(The relative) grabbed another nearby bat and told Brittany she cannot hit her dogs. Brittany dropped the bat. (The relative) believed Brittany was suffering from a mental health crisis, contacted “988” and Brittany agreed to speak with the advocate. After speaking with Brittany, the advocate told (the relative) she should call the police.
    “When Brittany heard the mention of police, she became more agitated and went into a back bedroom. (The relative) stepped outside in the front yard. When she went back inside, she noticed there was blood splatter all over the house. She found that Brittany had cut her thumb using a hair cutting razor. Brittany told her it was an accident. (The relative) then contacted the police. Brittany left the residence.
    “(The relative) said she believed Brittany was going to hit her with the bat until she picked up the other bat to defend herself. She advised she did not want to pursue charges for the assault. Other responding officers followed the blood trail around the block and eventually located Brittany walking southbound back toward the residence. I responded to Brittany’s location. She was being treated by LifeNet for a cut to her right thumb,” the sergeant alleged in her affidavit.
    “While Brittany was in the ambulance, I was informed by officers on scene that she was very intoxicated. They also believed she was under the influence of methamphetamine. Brittany was displaying severe, rapid and involuntary movements of her body also known as ‘tweaking.’ She also ground her teeth. In my training and experience, I recognized these behaviors as indicators of methamphetamine use. This could also explain her sudden mood swing, irritability and anger toward (the relative) and the dog,” the sergeant alleged in her affidavit.
    “At this time, I decided to place Brittany under arrest for public intoxication and animal cruelty. Once she was released from the ambulance, she walked toward me. The front of her clothing was covered in blood drops. Her tremors were very exaggerated. During the booking process, Brittany admitted to drinking heavily this evening and taking one hit of marijuana. She advised she did not use methamphetamine, but she has used it in the past,” the sergeant alleged in her affidavit.
    Poplin had been convicted in 2019 of felony domestic abuse in 2016 in Perkins and given a three-year probationary sentence, which was revoked in 2021 when she was sent to prison for about a year, state Department of Corrections records show.