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Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Justin Johnson was dispatched to the Atoka County Library due a report of a man sleeping behind a trash dumpster.
Officer Johnson arrived at the library and located a male subject, identified as Tucker Barnett Standridge, 24, of Atoka.
The officer yelled multiple times before Standridge woke up. He attempted to stand, but was very unsteady on his feet, nearly falling over.
Standridge had denied drinking or taking anything illegal when questioned by the officer. He admitted to smoking marijuana earlier.
Officer Johnson observed he had red bloodshot eyes and a slurred speech. Standridge was placed under arrest for public intoxication.
He stated he did not have any marijuana on his person and did not want the officer to do a pat search.
Officer Johnson advised Standridge that if he had drugs or paraphernalia on his person it would be considered a felony if taken into the jail.
Standridge allowed the officer to conduct the search. A tube container with a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana was located in Standridge’s pocket. He did not possess a medical marijuana license.
He was transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking. Standridge is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor), and public intoxication (misdemeanor).