Sunday, July 7, 2019

Muldrow Woman Arrested on Drug and Assault Charges

Terra Jo Hoffman, 27, of Muldrow was charged June 21 with felony counts of assault and battery on a police officer and bringing contraband to a jail facility, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, a Sallisaw police officer was on patrol early Sunday morning in the area of Washington and Chickasaw streets when he saw a white Chevrolet HHR belonging to a suspect in a recent burglary.

When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, Donovan Hood, who was wearing a Department of Corrections ankle monitor, admitted that he also had a suspended driver’s license. Hood was subsequently arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Hoffman, a passenger in the vehicle, appeared extremely nervous, the report revealed, prompting the officer to order her out of the car.

The officer immediately saw several items hidden under Hoffman’s shirt. She tried to conceal them, but the officer saw a syringe and a knife, the report states. Hoffman told the officer that she was diabetic, but the syringe reportedly contained a clear and red liquid inside, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Denying she was carrying other contraband, the officer tried to arrest her. Hoffman then ran north on Adams Street with the officer in pursuit.

When Hoffman was eventually caught, according to the report, she was kicking and hitting officers and refusing to comply. She also reportedly had a knife, unopened, in her hand during the scuffle. The officer gave her a shot of pepper spray, but it didn’t affect her. Finally handcuffed, Hoffman continued to struggle, according to the report.

Once she was transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center, the detention supervisor reportedly found a small plastic baggie containing a crystalline substance on Hoffman, which tests revealed was meth. The substance is being sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

Hoffman was released on probation April 9, 2019, for first-degree manslaughter after serving five years in prison. She faces 15 years of probation on that charge. Records also show that Hoffman has a history of receiving stolen property, first-degree terroristic threatening and is in the community sentencing program.

The felony assault charge is punishable by a $500 fine and up to 5 years in prison, while the contraband charge, also a felony, is punishable by 1-5 years in the State Penitentiary or a $1,000 fine.

Hoffman pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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