Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Roland Traffic Stop Ends in Standoff

Late Tuesday night a Roland police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for an obstructed view but ended up in a standoff situation that lasted until the early morning hours of Wednesday.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday police attempted to pull over 41-year-old Randy Potter after observing he had several things hanging in his front windshield obstructing his view. Potter was pulled over near the McDonald's and Interstate Inn located in Roland near Interstate 40.

As the officer approached the vehicle Potter pulled a gun and informed the officer that he did not want to go back to jail. Police were able to get a female passenger in the car away from Potter and taken to safety.

Potter and law enforcement officers remained in the standoff for approximately three hours during which both lanes of US Highway 64 were shut down. The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Muldrow police assisted in the standoff. Potter eventually surrendered peacefully and was taken to the Sequoyah County Jail.

According to authorities, Potter was wanted on warrants in LeFlore County for failure to register as a sex offender and also in Crawford County for theft by receiving.

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