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March 20, 2013

Ripley man leads police on car chase

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Ripley man faces five felony charges after leading police on car chase in Stillwater.

Court records allege Justin Lee Huffman, 34, would not stop when police attempted to pull him over, threw bags of drugs out the window during the pursuit and assaulted police while being detained.

Huffman is charged with attempting to elude a police officer, assault and battery on a police officer, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.

Stillwater Police Captain Randy Dickerson said officers attempted to stop a suspect driving a pickup March 13 shortly after noon. The suspect would not pull over and led officers on a two-mile chase from Perkins Road and McElroy Road to Brush Creek Road.

During the pursuit the suspect threw baggies of methamphetamine out of the windows, Dickerson said. Officers recovered a total of 20 grams of methamphetamine in 12 baggies — nine had been thrown and the other three were in the pickup truck. Officers also found digital scales, baggies, a glass pipe and two muzzleloader rifles.

While being detained the suspect hit officers and they deployed a Tazer, Dickerson said. The suspect sustained some facial scrapes from being taken to the ground. An ambulance was called to the scene but the suspect was not transported.

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