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November 10, 2013

Traffic stop yields gun arrest

CHICKASHA —

A man was arrested for driving under the influence and carrying a rifle in the back seat of his car. 

The officer was at the intersection of S. 4th St. and W. Grand Ave at a read light, waiting to turn right. He noticed a vehicle sitting on the east side of the intersection facing westbound, not moving. 

When the officer received a green light, he looked back to the vehicle, which had begun to move forward and then stop. The vehicle moved forward and stopped again. The third time the vehicle moved, the vehicle continued through the intersection, through a red light. 

The activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. The officer recognized the subject as Travis Merrick from contacts with him a s a police officer in Blanchard. Merrick, the affidavit said, is know to carry a firearm, take large doses of Xanax and smoke marijuana. 

The officer asked Merrick if he had a gun in the car. Merrick replied that he did. The officer said that Merrick complied with his requests to exit the vehicle, but was disoriented, unsteady on his feet and unable to follow simple instructions. An odor of marijuana was emanating from his person and his eyes were bloodshot, the report said. 

Merrick allegedly told the officer that a rifle was in the back seat and the magazines were locked in the glove box. The rifle was in plain view in the back seat, the officer reported. 

Merrick submitted to a field sobriety test. Merrick was arrested for carrying a weapon while under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

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