A criminal charge against a man with several felony convictions has been dropped.
Anthony Dale Straughn Jr., 27, was charged last summer with possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm and attempting to elude law enforcement. But those charges were dropped after the state’s key witness Bridgett Barton failed to appear at Straughn's preliminary hearing Monday, prosecutor Charles Rogers said.
Barton was charged Wednesday in Payne County District Court with possession of methamphetamine. The case could be refiled, Rogers said.
Straughn was accused of fleeing Payne County sheriff's deputies Aug. 19. The pursuit started near Stallard Street and Scott Avenue and ended when the driver stopped the car in the grass near Virginia Avenue and Manning Street. He ran from the car.
At the scene, Barton, a passenger in the car, told deputies the man told her to throw a gun out the car window while they were fleeing deputies, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. A .380-caliber pistol was found near Virginia Avenue and Stallard Street.
Law enforcement agents confiscated straws with a white powdery substance from the car, the affidavit states. They were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation lab for drug testing.
Straughn was arrested days later.
Court documents accuse Barton of possessing meth Aug. 19.