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Monday, May 10, 2021

Charged with Selling and Using:
Man claims deputies broke his phone; body cams tell a different story

EAGLE - A Bliss man charged with drugged driving and possessing drugs with intent to sell apparently wanted to pin something on the deputies who arrested him. He filed a complaint that one of the deputies had broken his cellular phone during the arrest. Problem was, the deputies were wearing body cameras and a review of the video showed that the man had intentionally broken his own phone.

Matthew E. Craven, 33, was driving on Garry Road Wednesday. It was raining and, deputies said, Craven didn’t have his headlights on. Deputies also saw Craven make an exceptionally wide turn from Route 362 onto Garry Road, prompting an attempted traffic stop. Deputies said Craven refused to pull over and continued driving, swerving and not paying attention to the emergency lights and sirens. He eventually pulled into a driveway.

Deputies said they smelled marijuana and alcohol and did field sobriety tests on Craven. He failed. Deputies searched his car and found marijuana “throughout the vehicle.” A safe on the front seat contained vacuum-sealed bags full of pot and psilocybin mushrooms. In all, deputies found 19 ounces of marijuana and 2.2 ounces of mushrooms.

Craven was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, DWI, DWI by drugs, DWI by a combination of drugs and alcohol, unlicensed operation, failure to comply with a lawful order, failure to keep right and failure to use headlights with windshield wipers.

Two days later, Craven was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after filing the complaint about the phone.

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