Port Angeles man sentenced to 68 months on drug charges

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading to a charge of possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine.

Todd Michael Perszyk, 53, entered an Alford plea to the charges Wednesday.

He was sentenced to 68 months in prison, followed by a year of state Department of Corrections supervision, Clallam County Superior Court records show.

An Alford plea is when a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes there is enough evidence to support a likely conviction at trial.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said Perszyk was caught with 80 grams of methamphetamine, 53 grams of heroin and about 50 clear plastic baggies commonly used for the packaging of drugs after a traffic stop last July, court papers said.

He was also found to be in possession of oxycodone, hydromorphone and Suboxone pills, Clallam County Deputy Don Kitchen wrote in the affidavit for probable cause.

According to Kitchen’s account, Perszyk fled on foot after a traffic stop on Mount Pleasant Road near Port Angeles last July 24. He was caught after a brief foot pursuit.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer granted the sentence as recommended by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jesse Espinoza and defense attorney Alex Stalker of Clallam Public Defender.

In exchange for the plea, charges of possession with intent to deliver oxycodone, possession with intent to deliver buprenorphine, bail jumping and obstructing a law enforcement officer were dismissed.

Also dismissed was a separate Superior Court case filed Feb. 9 that contained charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and contempt of court.

Perszyk had six prior convictions for possession of controlled substances, two prior convictions for bail jumping and one conviction for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, said Detective Sgt. John Keegan of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Perszyk was convicted in 2014 of possession of controlled substances and bail jumping and was sentenced to a prison-based Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, or DOSA, rather than a standard range sentence, Espinoza said.

Perszyk will have access to chemical dependency treatment during his incarceration, Keegan said.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected] peninsuladailynews.com.

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