Carmen man claims he's his brother
October 28, 2018
A Carmen man stopped for no taillights said he’d lost his wallet and apparently identified himself as his younger brother. The traffic stop occurred on Thursday, Oct. 18, just after midnight on U.S. Highway 64 east of Alva.
According to court documents, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Creswell was patrolling east of Alva and saw an eastbound pickup with no taillights. He conducted a traffic stop. Creswell had the driver open the passenger door as the passenger side window would not roll down. He assisted the driver in opening the door and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana.
Creswell asked the driver for his license. The driver explained he had lost his license along with his wallet. When Creswell asked why the pickup had no taillights, the driver quickly checked and turned them on. He explained he had wired the illumination directly to the battery. Creswell then spotted an open package and asked what it was. The driver said it was a cigar package.
Creswell had the driver exit the vehicle and have a seat in his patrol car. Once the door was shut, Creswell again smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Creswell asked the driver how much he had smoked, and he said, “I had a blunt with my friend,” according to the affidavit. The driver said this had occurred at “the hotel.”
When asked to identify himself, the driver said he was Treston Lee Tisdale and gave a date of birth. Creswell verified the information by using the state’s computer. Creswell again asked Tisdale the last time he smoked. Tisdale said it was 20 minutes before.
Creswell verified Tisdale’s eyes to be extremely bloodshot and droopy and noted that Tisdale appeared to be “stoned.” Tisdale said he had no alcohol. Creswell explained he could smell the odor of marijuana and that he had probable cause. He asked Tisdale how much he had in the vehicle, and Tisdale said maybe a little less than two grams.
When asked where the marijuana was located Tisdale said in the driver side door panel but then said he might have left it with a buddy. Creswell had Tisdale stand about 20 feet in front of the pickup while he searched. Creswell found a small green bag in the passenger seat containing four plastic bags of what appeared to be a trafficking amount of crystal rock meth and a plastic bag of a green leafy substance that appeared to be and had the odor of marijuana. The container appeared to have well over two grams of marijuana. Creswell also found, in the dash of the pickup, paraphernalia consisting of spoons covered in residue, a flat head screwdriver with residue, a small plastic device, used and unused needles, and scales.
Tisdale was placed under arrest and seated back in the patrol car where he fell asleep multiple times. Creswell notified Troop J to send a wrecker service for the vehicle. After the tow truck arrived, Creswell took Tisdale to the Woods County Jail.
That night, Creswell called and asked Woods County to fax a copy of Tisdale’s booking sheet. As he reviewed it, he noticed the sheet identified the man as Traven Michael Tisdale. On Oct. 19 Creswell went to the Woods County Sheriff’s Office where he verified that Tisdale had given a false name and date of birth which belonged to his younger brother.
On Oct. 24 Traven Michael Tisdale, 25, of Carmen, was charged with two felonies: (1) trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine) and (2) falsely personate another to create liability. The first charge is punishable by imprisonment for four years to life and a fine of $25,000 to $200,000. The second charge is punishable by a fine of $10,000 and 10 years imprisonment.
Tisdale is also charged with two misdemeanors of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled dangerous substance (marijuana).