A rural Sallisaw man was taken into custody after a foot chase north of Sallisaw Thursday.
Sheriff Ron Lockhart reported Preston Sparks, 33, was approached by sheriff’s deputies who were called to investigate a trespasser near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 101. While deputes were talking with Sparks, the deputies reported he attempted to dispose of alleged narcotics and fled on foot, across Highway 59 to the southwest.
A search for Sparks followed with the assistance of the Sallisaw police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol. About a half hour later a caller reported to police that Sparks was seen emerging from a pond behind the VFW Post on Highway 59.
Authorities responded and captured Sparks as he ran down a creek.
Lockhart said Sparks was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
Lockhart said Sparks has an outstanding felony warrant for failure to abide by the rules of the Community Sentencing program. A jail official said Sparks was booked into jail on the Community Sentencing warrant. The original charge was possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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