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October 15, 2013

Traffic stop leads to bribe in dope arrest

PRYOR, OK — During a routine safety checkpoint on Oct. 4 at the interection of SE Ninth and Elliott Streets, the driver of a 2001 Dodge truck was asked for his driver's license and insurance verification.

The driver, Buff Chisolm, 20, Vinita, said he did not have a driver's license but did have insurance. The officer conducting the check, Sgt. Justin Couch, asked Chisolm to pull his car into the fire department parking lot so they police run his information.

“I asked him exit the pickup and asked him to go to my patrol car so I could continue getting all his information,” Couch reports in the probable cause affidavit. “I went to pat him down for my safety and he jerked away from me and started to flee.”

Couch began to chase Chisolm on foot. When he caught him, Chisolm began to push Couch and jerk away before being cuffed by Officer Jeff Mitchell.

Mitchell said he found a large baggie containing 13 smaller baggies of marijuana that weighed 18.7 grams. Each of the smaller baggies, they said, weighed 1.5 grams. Chisolm said he ran from the officers because of the marijuana in his pants pocket.

“Chisolm stated he bought the marijuana already packaged individually but he doesn't sell marijuana, he just gives it to his friends if they want some,” Couch stated.

During the incident, court records report that Chisolm offered Couch a gift of $10,000 not to arrest him. Couch declined the offer.

Chisolm appeared in Mayes County District Court Monday for arraignment. Judge Rebecca Gore read the defendant his charges, unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, atempting to bribe an officer, resisting an officer and driving without a driver's license. Gore informed him the possession charge can carry up to 10 years in the department of corrections.

Chisolm is also charged with another felony count of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine, occurring Oct. 12. Chilsom was arrested on one charge and was out on bond when allegedly committing the second offense.

Because he was charged with a second offense, the state increased bond on the first charge to $10,000. Bond was set at $10,000 on the second charge as well. Chisolm's case was continued to the preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 21.

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