Driving On Cough Syrup
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On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Atoka County Sheriff Deputy Kody Simpson was patrolling near the area of Highway 69 and Highway 43 East when he observed a dark blue 2008 Infiniti failing to maintain their lane by crossing the white line.
Deputy Simpson followed the vehicle, waiting for a safe time to conduct a traffic stop. As they approached the 4D Outlet, the vehicle changed lanes from the outside lane to the inside lane crossing the center line.
Activating his emergency equipment, the Deputy observed the driver continue in the inside lane while passing a semi-truck. Once around the semi, the vehicle changed lanes back to the outside lane.
Deputy Simpson continued to stay behind the vehicle with his emergency lights and siren on at a top speed of 85 miles per hour.
An object was thrown out the passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle began to speed up and swerve left to right several times.
The 1.3 mile pursuit, at 75 miles per hour, came to an end after the driver crossed the North Boggy Bridge, passing a Stringtown Police officer, conducting a traffic stop.
The vehicle then came to a stop on the south side of North Boggy Bridge where the driver, later identified as J’Korien Martez Woods, 19, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was ordered out of the vehicle where he was placed under arrest.
Deputy Simpson began to inventory the vehicle and located a purple syrup-like liquid spattered all over the inside and down the passenger side of the vehicle, five THC vape cartridges and 67.2 grams of a green leafy substance hidden in a black and red suit case in the trunk of the vehicle.
Woods was transported to the Atoka county jail by an assisting Stringtown Police Officer.
After the vehicle was towed away, Deputy Simpson returned to the location where he had observed the object leave the car. He found more purple syrup-like liquid in a clear baby bottle which was collected for evidence.
Woods was questioned at the Atoka County Jail. He informed the Deputy the substance in the bottle was cough syrup with codeine along with grape soda.
His eyes were red watery and bloodshot, with slurred speech and lethargic movements. Woods was unsteady on his feet as he advised Deputy Simpson he had been drinking the cough syrup. He refused to submit to the State’s test.
Woods is charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs (misdemeanor), destroying evidence (misdemeanor), eluding/attempting to elude a police officer (misdemeanor), and possession of controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor).