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4/3/2013 6:05:00 PM
Ex-con arraigned on morphine charge
By Patti Weaver, Journal Correspondant

An ex-convict from Cushing, who was arrested in the Ampride parking lot by Perkins Deputy Police Chief Steve Hensley last week, has been charged in Payne County with possessing morphine without a prescription.

Michael Ray Hedge, 36, who had been convicted in 2002 in Drumright of drug manufacturing, drug possession and assault with a dangerous weapon, all in Creek County, was released from prison four years ago, state Department of Corrections records show.

Hedge was arraigned on his latest drug charge Friday and ordered to return to Payne County District Court on May 6. He was released on $10,000 bond.

The Perkins deputy police chief had been advised at 6:02 a.m. on March 27 that a reckless driver was traveling toward Perkins from Coyle Road in a white Ford Ranger pickup with a paper tag, according to his affidavit. "The vehicle was reported to have driven off the roadway a couple of times," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"As I was heading to Highway 33, Payne County (dispatch) advised the vehicle had pulled into the Ampride, and is parked in the far west side of Ampride's parking lot," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"When I drove up next to the truck, I saw a male sitting in the driver's seat with his head down. It appeared to me he was passed out or asleep," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"I knocked on the driver's side window. When I did this, the male looked up and opened the door. I asked the male if everything was ok. He stated he was sleepy and running late to work.

"He also stated he was picking up the orange truck that was parked next to him," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

After the Perkins deputy police chief was advised by a Payne County dispatcher that Hedge had a valid warrant from Creek County, Hedge was arrested, according to Hensley's affidavit.

"I then conducted a pat-down on Mr. Hedge for my safety and his...I felt something hard and round in the inside pocket of his coat," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"When I pulled the object out, it was a silver round key chain and attached to the chain was a small round silver container that had a screw-off cap. I then opened the container. I saw orange-colored pills," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"When I asked Mr. Hedge what these pills were, he stated they are morphine. He said he takes them because he has back and knee problems. He also stated he has a prescription for them, but he had left the prescription bottle at home," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

"After arriving at the jail, I contacted poison control and they confirmed the pill was 60 mg morphine pills, which is a schedule II drug," Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

Hedge had nine small dark orange round tablet-type pills with 60 on one side and M on the other side, Hensley's affidavit alleged.

He also had five small light pink round tablet-type pills with 60 on one side and ABG on the other side, Hensley's affidavit alleged.

He also had three oblong light pink pills with 60 on one side and E655 on the other side, Hensley's affidavit alleged.

In Creek County, Hedge was originally placed on five years' probation for assault with a dangerous weapon in 1999, but that was changed to a four-year prison term in 2002 when Hedge was also convicted of drug manufacturing and possession in 2001, for which he was given a seven-year prison term, DOC records show.

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