Man arrested on drug charges

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

City police have filed felony drug charges against a man who was involved in a two-vehicle crash earlier this month.

Cpls. Mitch Jackson and James Roby of the Eupora Police Department arrested Hugh Antwayn Patterson, 33, of Eupora on Sept. 18. He is charged with possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of 15 dosage units of meperidine, all within 1,500 feet of a church, which enhances the penalty.

Meperidine is a painkilling drug best known by its brand name, Demerol. Affidavits filed against Patterson identify the church as Soul City House of God.

The arrest comes after an investigation by officers Jackson and Roby of a two-vehicle accident on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Sept. 10 involving Patterson, according to a statement issued by the EPD. Patterson, who was driving a motorcycle at the time of the accident, was also charged with expired tag, no helmet and no proof of liability insurance.

Patterson was initially transported to North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora and then flown by MedStat Air to NMMC in Tupelo, where he was treated for injuries he sustained as a result of the accident. Webster 911 reports show that Eupora police, the Eupora Fire Department and EMS responded to the accident scene at 5 p.m.

Patterson is under $25,000 bond in the county jail for all charges following an initial hearing on Sept. 18. The Police Department said he planned to hire an attorney to represent him at his next court date on Tuesday.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has placed a hold on Patterson, who is on probation with the MDOC following a January 2006 conviction in Webster County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty then to sale of controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, for which he received a 15-year sentence with five suspended and 10 to serve.