A 52-year-old Arkansas man was charged Dec. 5 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with eluding a police officer, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled, dangerous substance, running a roadblock, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.
Luis Chavarria Lopez entered a not guilty plea to the charges. His next court appearance is Jan. 17 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters’ disposition docket.
According to the investigating Sallisaw police officer’s report, Lopez was driving west on Interstate 40 at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when the officer was dispatched to help a Muldrow officer stop Lopez whose vehicle was clocked at 120 miles per hour. The Sallisaw officer reported the Lopez vehicle was “swerving from lane to lane and driving in the middle of both lanes." The driver showed to have no regards of the safety of the other vehicles he was passing at a high rate of speed. The Sallisaw and Vian police pursued the vehicle into Muskogee County where it apparently ran out of gas.
The officers then approached the vehicle and demanded the occupant get out. When he did not, the officers used batons to break out the driver’s and passenger’s side windows.
The officers then removed Lopez from the vehicle and placed him in custody. The investigating officer reported a search of the vehicle uncovered a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana, and a glass smoking device commonly used with methamphetamine. Money taken later from Lopez was found to have a white substance that also tested positive as methamphetamine.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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