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January 25, 2010

DUI arrest leads to separate meth bust

Pryor Police found themselves in the right place at the right time last Thursday night after a DUI arrest placed them in the parking lot of Tractor Supply at the corner of Highway 69 and 9th Street.

The good timing police near the store at the exact moment several male subjects were trying to purchase Drano, raising a red flag to store


“We received a report of a drunk driver,” Investigator Doug Barham said. Reports placed the driver near the Tractor Supply store.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the vehicle, driven by Mark Frederick McAfee, 42, Chouteau, had come to a stop after striking a log splitter on display outside the store.

“He had his 10 year-old boy with him,” Barham said. The driver, described as completely out of it, was not in control of his vehicle.

“The boy was trying to get the car stopped, but was unable to do so before it struck the equipment,” Barham said.

McAfee was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and driving on a suspended license. He was jailed on a $1,500 bond and has since been released. The boy was unhurt.

Incredibly, during the time law enforcement was on the scene of the DUI, another crime revealed itself to them, this one leading to four arrests on methamphetamine manufacturing related charges.

“As I was standing there in the parking lot, I saw three male subjects leaving the store,” Barham said. A store employee got the officer’s attention and informed him that the men had tried

to buy Drano.

Barham made contact with the men.

“There was a fourth person in the vehicle waiting for them,” he said. Officers separated them and began to question them about the attempted purchase.

“We found out that they had ended up stealing the Drano and leaving the empty container on the shelf,” Barham said. “They had poured the Drano in a sack. One of the subjects had the bag of stolen drain cleaner in his

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