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.