By:  Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man on probation for cocaine possession was charged today with driving a 2003 Suzuki at Virginia and Grandview in Stillwater while under the influence of liquor on Wednesday, court records show.

James Emil Butler, 54, was being held today on $2,000 bail in the Payne County Jail, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.

If convicted of felony drunk driving, Butler could be given as much as a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, court records show.

Two years ago, Butler pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park at Luella and Oak in Cushing in 2015, for which he was placed on probation for five years with an order to have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up, undergo random drug tests and pay $975 in assessments, court records show.

Butler was also originally charged with maintaining a house in the 800 block of W. Moses in Cushing where cocaine was kept, but that felony count was dropped by the prosecution when he pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and also having drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor for which he was given a concurrent one-year suspended sentence, court records show.

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