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December 5, 2013

Duncan man faces charge of bringing contraband into jail

DUNCAN — A Duncan man, arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, received further charges after arriving at the Stephens County Jail, including the felony charge of introduction of controlled dangerous substance to penal facility.

Andrew Clint McCormick, 22, was arrested Friday, after being pulled over for speeding and failing to pass various sobriety tests. Officer Jason Downs was the arresting officer in the case against McCormick.

“As I was driving, I observed a black SUV traveling south on U.S. 81, which appeared to be speeding. I estimated the speed of the vehicle to be 70 miles per hour. I activated my radar and observed a visual indication of 75 miles per hour with a good audible tone and also observed the vehicle catching other cars in front of it. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour on this section of U.S. 81,” according to the affidavit filed by Downs.

Down turned his patrol vehicle around and activated his emergency lights. The vehicle came to a stop at McCoys Lumber Store.

“Immediately upon the driver speaking to me, I noticed that his eyes were very glassy and blood shot, and that his speech was slurred,” according to the affidavit. “I also observed that his actions were slow and lethargic. He also failed to place his vehicle in park while we were talking and started moving forward without knowing. I had to tell him to stop and put the vehicle in park.”

After a backup officer arrived on the scene, Downs had McCormick exit the vehicle for sobriety tests.

“As he exited, I asked him if he had consumed any alcohol or drugs to which he said no. I also asked him if he had taken any prescription drugs to which he replied he takes prescribed Xanax and had taken it last night,” according to the affidavit.

McCormick was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. He was transported by Downs to Duncan Regional Hospital to take a blood test.

“While in route to the hospital, he informed me, without me asking him, that he also takes Subutex for opiate dependency,” according to the affidavit. “I arrived at the hospital where medical staff performed the state’s blood test. While we were waiting, I noticed that the suspect had a swollen left hand. I asked him to raise his long sleeve shirt and observed that he had obvious track marks from intravenous drug uses. He also had track marks on the other arm as well.”

From the hospital, McCormick was taken to the Stephens County Jail for booking. According to the affidavit, McCormick requested to go to the restroom at the hospital and at the jail.

“The way he kept asking me led me to believe that he may have contraband on his person and that he wanted to dispose of it,” according to the affidavit. “Since he asked me so often to go to the bathroom, I explained to him that when we proceeded to the changing room at the jail, if he took any drug or drug contraband into the changing room would be a felony. I told him if he had anything to tell me prior to going in and we would proceed as necessary. McCormick stated he had nothing illegal.

“At that time, jailer Freddy Cowen dressed the suspect out and found a syringe in a second pair of long pants he was wearing under the first pair. Cowen relinquished custody of the syringe to me. I took custody of the syringe and was able to observe there was a liquid residue inside the cylinder near the plunger.”

McCormick was booked into Stephens County Jail on charges including DUI drugs, speeding, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession or drug paraphernalia and introducing controlled dangerous substance to a penal institution.

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