Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Short Police Chase Leads to Charge of Harboring Fugitive

A Vian woman was arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive from the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office, according to an affidavit filed in Sequoyah County District Court. 

Kelly Marie Mayes, 41, was arrested April 14 and charged April 17 with felony harboring a fugitive from justice and misdemeanor obstructing officer.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a deputy with the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office was patrolling in the Evening Shade area on April 14 at approximately 7 pm attempting to locate Mayes and Jeffrey Emerson, both of whom had outstanding warrants for their arrests.

The deputy stated that he spotted a silver Dodge truck parked in a field in the area of 966 Rd and McCoy Cemetery on land belonging to Emerson's family. The deputy stopped and exited his patrol unit to check on the truck and it then fled the scene.

The deputy returned to his unit and chased the silver truck for a short distance in the woods, according to the report. When the vehicle stopped the deputy identified the driver of the vehicle as Jeffery Alan Emerson and the passenger as Mayes. Both ran into the woods with Emerson shouting, "I ain't going back to jail," according to the deputy.

Emerson reportedly told Mayes to split up but she fell and attempted to hide herself under some leaves. The deputy then placed her under arrest and walked her back to his unit. Other deputies arrived to assist in locating Emerson who has a revoked Oklahoma Drivers License and outstanding warrants for his arrest. 

Mayes was arrested for outstanding warrants and resisting arrest and transported to the Sequoyah County jail. The vehicle was impounded.

During her initial court hearing on April 17, Mayes plead not guilty. Her bond amount was set at $15,000. 

The felony charge is punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years and $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment up to 1 year and/or up to $500 or both.

KXMX News Staff

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