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Friday, November 6, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Jedediah Griffith was on routine patrol when he observed the driver and passenger of a gray 1988 Chevrolet S-10 not wearing seat belts.
Officer Griffith activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Hunter Gage Justus, 18, of Atoka, and passenger.
While Justus searched for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, Officer Griffith detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Providing a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance; Justus stated there was no marijuana in the vehicle, but admitted to smoking 10 minutes prior to being stopped.
The Officer observed the suspect had red blood shot, watery eyes, and slow thick speech.
The occupants were asked to exit the vehicle while it was searched.
A burnt pre-rolled cigar wrapper containing a green leafy substance was found in the passenger side floor board; a marijuana vape pen; and a plastic baggie containing 14 grams of a green leafy substance, that field tested positive for marijuana, was found in the center console.
Officer Griffith returned to speak to Justus and observed he was unable to keep his balance, and was swaying.
Justus was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle without a seat belt, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while under the influence of drugs.
Agreeing to the State’s blood test, Justus was transported to the Atoka County Medical Center to have his blood drawn before being transferred to the Atoka County Jail for booking.