Saturday, July 16, 2016

Suspect Causes Damages to Deputy's Vehicle During Pursuit

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. was notified that the Roland police were in pursuit of a vehicle east of Roland and that the vehicle had last been seen near Cottonwood and Flat Rock Road.

Sheriff's Dept. Tracy Christenberry located the vehicle west of Cottonwood Road after the vehicle left the roadway and was seen driving through the yard of a residence. The suspect then turned off the lights to the vehicle and began hitting steel fence poles. The vehicle then pulled back onto Flat Rock Road and headed west toward Muldrow.

Deputy Christenberry pursued the vehicle south on Highway 64B. During the pursuit the suspect began hitting the brakes of the vehicle repeatedly attempting to cause the deputy to strike the vehicle. Just north of the railroad tracks in Muldrow the suspect hit his brakes quickly and Deputy Christenberry went to the right of the suspect's vehicle at which time the suspect turned into him striking the right side of the deputy's SUV, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

The suspect then began driving through yards until the vehicle became stuck. The suspect then fled on foot. A female inside the vehicle was taken into custody for public intoxication. Inside the vehicle deputies found an empty bottle of vodka.

Lockhart stated that Deputy Christenberry was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene. The sheriff's unit will be totaled.

After the pursuit it was learned that a Roland police officer was also involved in an accident with the suspect's vehicle.

The identity of the suspect is known but not being released at this time. According to Sheriff Lockhart the suspect will face several charges.

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