Runaway attempt leads to traffic, drug charges

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An observant Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop that turned into much more on Friday, June 16.

Duane Mathena turned in front of Deputy Straley Holton off of Old Highway 99 onto Thick Road.

Knowing that Mathena’s drivers license was revoked, Holton turned to give chase.

Mathena pulled into a construction site on Thick Road and was attempting to run into the house being built when Holton detained him, placing him under arrest for driving on a revoked license.

Patting Mathena down before placing him in his patrol car, Holton found $982 in cash as well as a prescription bottle of Alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax.

Mathena did have a prescription which had been filled on June 10. Of the 60 tablets prescribed there were 34 whole and three half pills remaining. Also in the bottle was a half tablet of Oxycodone.

Inventorying the vehicle before it was towed from the scene, officers discovered a blacked spoon with a white powdery substance inside.

They also found a bag containing a hypodermic needle, 29 individual packages of Suboxone film designed to be used under the tongue, and seven small bags containing a white crystalline substance, which later field tested positive as methamphetamine.

Mathena was charged, in addition to the driving on a revoked license charge, with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of a Schedule III drug for resale, possession of a Schedule IV drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $30,000 pending a July 11 court date.