Monday, May 4, 2020

Roland Man Faces Felony After Driving Mishap

A Roland man was arrested April 27 after his vehicle got stuck in a ditch on Cottonwood Road.

Marcus Landon Owen, 29, was charged with actual physical control of a vehicle under the influence, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license.

On April 27, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper received a call about a vehicle stuck in a ditch on Cottonwood Road. When he arrived at the scene, the trooper discovered two civilians attempting to help Owen. The civilians had their truck hooked to the vehicle, trying to pull it out of the ditch.

The trooper walked to the driver’s-side door and immediately noticed that Owen, the driver, was too impaired to be driving. He reportedly couldn’t talk and could barely hold his eyes open. The trooper told the civilians to unhook the vehicle and go on about their day.

Owen underwent several sobriety tests, which he failed. He was placed under arrest. While transporting him to jail, Owen said he had gotten out of detox that morning after being there a week. He told the trooper he had only taken three Xanax bars and 30 mg of oxycodone.

Owen was convicted in June 2018 on two counts of driving under the influence of drugs. On the current felony count, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, or a minimum of 28 days of residential or inpatient treatment followed by not less than one year of supervision, periodic testing and aftercare at the defendant’s expense, 480 hours of community service following the period of aftercare and use of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 30 days. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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