An attempted traffic stop turned into a car chase Dec. 17 when a Sequoyah County deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Sequoyah Little Farms area.
The driver, Gary Shane Graham, 48, of Sallisaw was later charged with multiple counts, including endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude a police officer and running a roadblock, both felonies. He was also charged with resisting an officer, a misdemeanor.
The deputy was patrolling the Little Farms area when he spotted Graham’s vehicle traveling slowly, at a near stop, but when the deputy initiated a traffic stop, Graham kept going.
Traveling at speeds nearing 80 mph, the chase ended when Graham’s vehicle came to a stop on the low-water bridge on 4660 Road. The driver then exited the vehicle and ran west on 1059 Road.
A foot pursuit ensued. Graham jumped into the creek, followed closely by law enforcement. Once caught, Graham resisted the officers despite being given verbal commands to stop.
Once he was finally arrested, Graham was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
The charge of endangering others while eluding police and for running a roadblock are punishable by fines of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to five years or both. Resisting an officer is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to a year, a fine of up to $500 or both.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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