Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Arkansas Man Arrested after High Speed Chase

A 29-year-old Dover, Ark., man was arrested in Sallisaw Thursday after leading police on a high-speed chase from Muldrow to Sallisaw.

Sallisaw Capt. Jeff Murray said Mika Cotton was arrested without incident at the conclusion of the chase at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Washington Street in Sallisaw after Cotton ran away on foot from the disabled Toyota 4Runner he was driving and that was reported stolen in Dover.

Murray said Muldrow officers stopped Cotten in Muldrow but he sped off at a high rate of speed from the stop. Sallisaw officers identified Cotton on U.S. Highway 64 near the Sports Complex on the east side of the city, but Cotton refused to stop and the chase continued at a high rate of speed through the city on Cherokee Street. Officers deployed Stop Sticks but Cotton continued to flee even with two flat tires, Murray said.

Cotten crashed into the fire hydrant, gas meter and street sign at the corner of Cherokee and Hickory, in front of Charlie’s Chicken, then continued north on Hickory, and over the railroad tracks. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, Cotton ran on foot, Murray reported, but was found and taken into custody about a block away on Washington Street.

Cotton was taken to the Sallisaw jail then later booked into the Sequoyah County Jail. Murray said Cotten faces Sallisaw and Muldrow charges, including eluding, being in possession of stolen property, marijuana and paraphernalia and other charges.

The chase left Charlie’s Chicken and a nearby home without utilities and gas overnight. They were restored on Friday morning, city officials said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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