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On Friday, November 20, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Cody Poe, was patrolling near the intersection of Court Street and Pennsylvania Avenue when he noticed a maroon 2000 Ford Expedition with an exhaust that sounded defective.
As the Officer got closer to the vehicle as it accelerated from the intersection and verified it was the correct vehicle with the defective exhaust.
Before activating his emergency equipment, the Officer took notice of the license plate on the vehicle that was damaged to the point of being unreadable.
Officer Poe activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Court Street and Reba Street.
The Officer made contact with the driver, identified as Austin Teague, 30, of Atoka. Teague stated he had just bought the vehicle and it came that way.
Officer Poe asked Teague for his license and proof of insurance. He advised that he did not have a license or proof of insurance. Teague was asked for an identification card instead, and he stated he had that.
While Teague looked through his wallet, Officer Poe observed an Oklahoma license in his wallet. The Officer asked for the card, and informed Teague he could see a driver license in the wallet. He said, “oh okay” and handed over the license.
The Officer asked why he denied having a license, and Teague stated, “I’m not lying it is suspended.” He told the Officer he did not have insurance on the vehicle.
Officer Poe went back to the patrol vehicle to check his license, and the status of the vehicle by vehicle identification number.
His license showed to be suspended, and the insurance came back as unconfirmed on the vehicle. Teague was placed under arrest, and sat in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.
An inventory was taken of the vehicle while waiting for the wrecker. Located inside the vehicle was a set of digital scales with a white crystal-like substance, that field tested positive for methamphetamine, and under the hood was a Marlin Model 60 .22 caliber rifle.
A criminal history check confirmed that Teague was a convicted felon.
After completing the inventory and releasing the vehicle to the wrecker service, Teague was transported to the Atoka County Jail to be booked.
He is charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction (felony), possession of controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor).