Some time in jail and a handful of deferred years are part of a sentence for a Perkins man who accepted a plea agreement for a trio of drug charges filed after his arrest in Pauls Valley last December.

The sentence was for Brandon Keith McCutchen, 21, after he pleaded guilty to the criminal charges filed against him in Garvin County District Court. Those charges came after a fairly routine accident in Pauls Valley led to authorities finding various drug-related items.

The accident leading to McCutchen’s arrest occurred on Dec. 15 at the local exit of Interstate 35 near state Highway 19.

McCutchen was the driver of a pickup involved in an accident which had no serious injuries.

Investigating the incident was Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Jay Clary, who soon noticed McCutchen acting “odd” and restless while talking on his cell phone.

Moments later McCutchen was taken into custody when it was learned he had been driving with a suspended license.

During a pat down of the subject Clary found a set of digital scales, typically used to measure out illegal drugs, and a clear plastic baggy containing methamphetamine.

After he was arrested and placed in the trooper’s patrol car, McCutchen voluntarily gave up a syringe, a needle without its cap and a clean glass pipe containing residue — all of which had been hidden in his sock.

The new deal for McCutchen has a felony drug possession count being amended to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

A guilty plea drew the defendant a five-year deferred sentence after a 30-day term in jail.

McCutchen also pleaded guilty to drug-related misdemeanor counts and a traffic citation for driving with a suspended license.

He was also ordered to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations.

In addition to a two-year probation period, McCutchen is to complete a DUI school and undergo random drug testing.

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