Local man gets nearly four years in prison for drug sentence

Published 3:05pm Saturday, March 9, 2013

An Austin man was sentenced to 45 months in prison Thursday for drug crimes.

Tavarius Dontae Pitchford, 32, was sentenced to prison the prison time for felony third-degree drug possession and a misdemeanor for giving an officer a false name. Charges for first-degree drug, a felony, and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor, were dismissed.

Police arrested Pitchford after an officer saw him parked at an angle to a curb at 3 a.m. Oct. 8. The officer noticed Pitchford reaching for the passenger side of the car and acting strangely as the he approached the vehicle.

A second officer assisted and recognized Pitchford, who was driving after revocation — inimical to public safety. After the officers arrested Pitchford, they saw a white grocery bag in the center console that appeared to have a white substance inside of it. According to the complaint, it contained 12 grams of meth.

Pitchford was given credit for 150 days in jail.

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