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Published on: 02/13/2017

Cushing Man Admits Attempting To Escape, Meth & Drunk Driving

Patti Weaver


(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man who admitted attempting to escape from detention in the Payne County Jail, possessing methamphetamine at the Cimarron Casino in Perkins, and drunk driving in Cushing was ordered Friday to enroll in and successfully complete the Drug Court program as a condition of a five-year probationary sentence.

Matthew Ray Lansford-Barela, 27, who also pleaded guilty to three counts of driving while his license was revoked last year, must pay $2,660 in fines and assessments, as well as the cost of a 30-day incarceration.

Lansford-Barela must have a substance abuse evaluation, do any recommended treatment, undergo random drug testing, attend a victim impact panel, perform 50 hours of community service, and enroll in the WorkForce program as part of his five-year deferred sentence.

Lansford-Barela escaped after being ordered into detention by a Payne County judge at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 9 for failing to appear in court as ordered, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Myers.

After Deputy Bob Tillman responded to the courtroom and took custody of Lansford-Barela, “Once in the elevator, Matthew escaped the elevator as the doors were closing. Deputy Tillman grabbed Matthew and was pulled into the hallway. Matthew ducked down at the same time, getting out of the grasp of Deputy Tillman.

“Deputy Tillman fell to the ground and Matthew ran east down the stairs and towards the south entrance of the courthouse. I heard the commotion upstairs and stood up as Matthew came running south towards me. I stepped around the metal detector and Matthew ran full speed into my right side. I stopped him, turned him around, yet he actively resisted.

“We wrestled through the metal detector and up against the east wall. Matthew slipped out of his jacket and out of my hold. Matthew escaped the courthouse running south. Several minutes later, Stillwater Police Officer John Stanbery located and detained Matthew at 10th and Main here in Stillwater. Matthew was turned over to our custody,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.

Lansford-Barela had been ordered jailed for failing to appear in court on a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine on July 5, 2016, at the Cimarron Casino in Perkins in a case investigated by Iowa Tribe Police Officer Alexandria Williams.

Lansford-Barela had also failed to appear in court on a felony charge of drunk driving on Jan. 21, 2016, in Cushing at Broadway and Violet streets, court records show.

Because Lansford-Barela was given a five-year deferred sentence in a plea bargain with the prosecution approved by District Judge Phillip Corley Friday, he will not have a felony record if he successfully completes the terms of his probation including the Payne County Drug Court program.