Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vian Man Charged After Fleeing From Deputies

Amos Gary Wright Jr., 36, Vian, was charged on January 16 in Sequoyah County District Court with Count 1: Battery/assault and battery on police officer-felony, Count 2: Escape from arrest or detention-felony, and Count 3: Malicious injury to property under $1,000-misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on January 4 deputies with the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. were asked to go to a residence in Vian and perform a home visit on behalf of the Drug Court Office in Sequoyah County. Officers with the drug court believed that Wright was at the residence and in violation of his rules and conditions. A verbal arrest order was given by Judge Kyle Waters if Wright was found to be in violation by associating with Dara Craighead of Vian. 

When officers arrived at the residence they were informed that Wright was in a camper trailer on the property. Wright responded to the officer's repeated knocking on the door and identified himself. He was instructed to step outside and officers informed him of the reason for their visit. Wright was asked if anyone else was inside the camper and he said no. Wright was then left outside with two deputies while a third went inside. 

The deputy who went inside reported that he found a female laying on the bed who identified herself as Dara Craighead. The officer then exited the camper and informed Wright he was placing him under arrest. Wright then began to run and ran through a large pool of water into a thick brushy area. He eventually lay on the ground and was placed under arrest. 

Wright was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail where he was held per Judge Waters order. The charge of escaping apprehension or detention was added. During the pursuit a Kenwood Radio worn by a deputy was damaged causing a charge of destruction of county property to be added. 

Wright was later released on a $7,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear on Judge Waters felony disposition docket on March 6.

Count 1 is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. Count 2 is punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment/or fine up to $1,000. Count 3 is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both.

KXMX News Staff 

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