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BRIEF: Tahlequah man jailed for DUI

By Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, Okla.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 03--TAHLEQUAH -- Tahlequah police jailed a 21-year-old man Saturday after finding marijuana stems and smoking pipes in his possession.

Officer Thomas Donnell noticed a vehicle that had driven off the road and into the grass. The driver, later identified as Porter W. Wheeler, of Tahlequah, pulled back onto the road and crossed both lanes of traffic, Donnell said.

Donnell stopped Wheeler near Grand and Allen roads. Wheeler allegedly smelled of alcohol and after a sobriety test was arrested for driving under the influence.

During an inventory of Wheeler's vehicle, officers found three smoking devices with burnt marijuana residue, rolling papers, and pipe cleaners.

Donnell said he also discovered a box full of marijuana stems. Wheeler allegedly told Donnell he had used a coffee grinder to grind the stems and mix them into butter, which he then used to make brownies and cookies.

Wheeler had a breath-alcohol content of .15 when he was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center, according to Donnell's arrest affidavit. He was booked for aggravated DUI, possession of THC, possession of paraphernalia, and no insurance.

Wheeler was released on a total bond of $7,250, booking records show.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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