Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 20, 2014

Two meth convictions since last September

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — A 39-year-old Rathbun man in less than a six month span has been sentenced for methamphetamine drug convictions in Wapello and Appanoose counties.

The criminal case in Wapello County was adjudicated before the Appanoose County case. At the time of the defendant’s arrest in Wapello County he was on pre-trial release for the case in Appanoose County.

On March 19, 2013 a pre-trial report of violation was filed in Appanoose County against Richard Dean Driver. The violation report states Driver on March 14, 2013 was arrested in Wapello County and charged with possession of meth, enhanced, disarming a police officer of a dangerous weapon, a class D felony, possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of meth, a class B felony and interference with official acts, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The pre-trial violation was filed against Driver because he was arrested in Centerville on June 4, 2012 at approximately 7:24 p.m. in the 1100 block of South 16th Street and charged with possession of nine grams of meth and various drug paraphernalia.

Judge Lucy J. Gamon in Wapello County court accepted Driver’s negotiated, voluntary guilty plea and on Sept. 3, 2013 sentenced him to 10 years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, 180 days in a residential treatment facility and a fine on the lesser charge of delivery of meth, a class C felony. Driver was originally charged with a class B felony controlled substance violation.

Driver was ordered to pay $3,621.35. He still owes $3,606.35.

The court in Wapello County dismissed two class D felonies and one aggravated misdemeanor charge against Driver per the plea agreement.

Driver on Feb. 24 was sentenced by Judge Daniel P. Wison in Appanoose County to 10 years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District of Correctional Services and a fine, suspended, on the charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class C felony.

Driver originally was charged by Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott with a class B felony controlled substance violation. Driver entered a negotiated voluntary guilty plea to the lesser charge on Nov. 12, 2013.

Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a class D felony, was dismissed Feb. 24.

Scott appeared for the state at sentencing.

Driver was ordered to pay $468 and he still owes the same amount.

According to the criminal complaint affidavit filed June 5, 2012 by the Centerville police department it alleges Driver on June 4, 2012 at approximately 7:24 p.m. in the 1100 block of South 16th Street in Centerville possessed nine grams of meth and various drug paraphernalia. The complaint states Driver while riding a bicycle fled from the officer who was making an attempt to arrest the defendant on pending charges.

The officer spotted Driver in the yard of 1112 S. 16th St. hiding behind a truck and went to apprehend the defendant.

The defendant “immediately turned and squared off with me,” the officer states. “I then tripped the defendant and he began fighting with me. I informed the defendant several times to stop fighting and remain still and he refused to obey my commands. The defendant attempted several times to kick and escape my control.”

A second Centerville police officer arrived and Driver was taken into custody.

Found near the truck where Driver was seen hiding included several “pharmacy folds” containing meth, another baggie containing meth and drug paraphernalia.