CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty this week to a felony drug charge.
Danny A. Douglas, 50, 612 Eighth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, third offense, a class D felony. The plea agreement states the plea is an open plea but the state will recommend a suspended sentence and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees.
The mandatory minimum does not apply to this offense. The state will dismiss charges of public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia at sentencing. The court deferred acceptance or rejection of the plea agreement until its receipt of the pre-sentence investigation report. Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 26.
According to the affidavit, on July 14, officers were dispatched in reference to a female calling the police saying Douglas was arguing with her and breaking things around the house. The officer upon arrival noticed the male was leaving on a bike and going through the alley westbound. The officer caught up with Douglas in the 600 block alley between Seventh and Eighth avenues south.
The affidavit states the officer got out and spoke with Douglas, who allegedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage and had bloodshot and watery eyes. Douglas stated the female woke him up and he got upset. Douglas stated he was drinking alcohol since his wife got home at around 4 p.m. Douglas stated he drank around 12 beers in a four-hour period. Douglas was slurring his words as he spoke with the officer. Douglas consented to a Preliminary Breath Test and blew over a 0.2.
The officer placed Douglas under arrest for public intoxication. The officer upon search of Douglas asked him if he had anything that was going to poke or stick the officer in his pockets. Douglas stated he had a bag of marijuana in his front pocket. The officer found a clear plastic baggie in his front right pocket with a green, leafy substance, consistent with marijuana. The officer also found a blue and silver pipe with residue in it, commonly used to smoke marijuana.