The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 22, 2013

Canton man arraigned on drug possession charges, attempting to elude police

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A Canton man was arraigned Thursday on charges of drug possession and attempting to elude police.

Jeremy Wayne Gonzales, 36, appeared in court Thursday via video from Garfield County Detention Facility.

Gonzales was arraigned on felony counts of possession of meth, DUI (subsequent offense) and attempting to elude a police officer. He also faces misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, transporting an open container of beer/liquor and driving with license suspended.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies Zachary McElveen and Justin Hunter saw a black pickup speeding at 2:05 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of North Van Buren.

McElveen used his radar on the truck and found it was traveling 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. While turning to stop the vehicle, McElveen noted he could hear the truck’s exhaust getting louder as it sped up.

McElveen activated his emergency lights and sirens and the truck continued to accelerate, according to the affidavit. The truck struck the median on the overpass and went into oncoming traffic. McElveen estimated the truck reached speeds in excess of 70 mph. The vehicle came to a stop in the 1500 block of North Van Buren.

When deputies spoke with the driver, identified as Gonzales, he was unsteady on his feet and used his truck for balance, according to the affidavit.

McElveen patted Gonzales down and found an Altoids tin containing two plastic bags containing a white crystallized substance and a third bag containing four unknown pills, according to the affidavit.

McElveen noted in the affidavit Gonzales was slow to respond to questions and was being uncooperative. He also noted Gonzales had watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of intoxicant.

McElveen asked Gonzales if he would take a breath test but Gonzales refused, according to the affidavit. A check of records showed he had a suspended license.

When deputies inventoried Gonzales’ truck they found several opened containers of low-point beer and an open bottle of Belvedere vodka, according to the affidavit.

Two pipes were found under the driver’s seat, a 12-inch glass pipe and a 3-inch metal pipe, both containing a burnt substance, according to the affidavit. Tests of the white crystallized substance and the glass pipe both tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Gonzales is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond and was ordered to return to court Sept. 30 for a bond appearance.