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DUI may bring life prison term

A Marlow man is in jail in lieu of $250,000 bond and is looking at life behind bars after a hit-and-run wreck.

Adam David Apple, 37, was charged in Stephens County District Court with a felony count of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence after conviction of two or more felonies, court records indicate. His prior convictions make him eligible for between three years to life in prison if convicted.

Apple has eight prior felony convictions between 2002 and 2012 from Stephens County, including six convictions for possession of controlled dangerous substances and convictions for burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property, Department of Corrections records indicate. 

The latest charge follows a Sept. 1 hit-and-run wreck at the intersection of Osage and Cason roads in Stephens County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Smith reported a southbound truck had driven through a barbed wire fence and into a tree south of that. The truck was disabled. 

Smith's investigation determined the truck had been traveling "at a high rate of speed" while in the northbound lane. The affidavit states there were 105 feet of visible skid marks before the truck left the roadway. No one was with the truck, but it was owned by Apple's mother. Smith stated the truck had an odor of alcohol and a cooler had been thrown from its bed during the wreck. 

Investigators later spoke with Apple, who said he'd been at Clear Creek Lake camping and said "he had never been driving the vehicle, suggesting that it had to have been stolen," Smith stated. He told Smith he hadn't drunk since coming home but that he had been drinking all day and said he was very impaired. The trooper stated Apple smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred. 

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