Felony stop over stolen car leads to drug bust



A man and his passenger were arrested on Monday, November 25th, after Sapulpa police performed a felony stop on what they say was a stolen vehicle.

Officer Derrick Clayton was on patrol at the 100 Block of E. Taft Ave. when he spotted a car matching the description of a stolen vehicle that had been broadcast earlier by dispatch. According to the arrest affidavit, the vehicle was a gold 2009 Ford Focus. Clayton matched the vehicle’s tag with the one that was listed as stolen.

Clayton pulled the driver over and when backup arrived (as is protocol when performing a felony stop), called the occupants out of the vehicle. The driver, 55-year-old James Barbee, told police that he was driving because the passenger, 59-year-old Cherie Swindall, said she was tired. According to the report, Clayton recovered a Green Apple Jolly Rancher box from the passenger floorboard that contained two glass pipes with screens and a crystal-like residue. The residue field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

In the back passenger compartment, Clayton also recovered a black coat that had a keychain cylinder. The cylinder had clear plastic baggies and approximately .7 grams of a white crystal substance which field-tested positive for meth.

Afterward, Clayton made contact with the vehicle’s owner who said she did give Swindall permission to drive the vehicle, but it was supposed to have been returned the day before. When it had not, she called Tulsa Police.

Swindall was arrested on drug possession charges, and charges of receiving stolen property. She has prior convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Oklahoma County from 2015. 

Barbee said Swindall told him that she’d gotten the car from a friend, but he didn’t know who. He also said he didn’t know what all was in the vehicle prior to getting in.

Barbee was arrested and charged with possession of a vehicle charges as well.

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Micah Choquette

Micah Choquette

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