Friday, January 3, 2020

Stilwell Man Arrested for DUI

A man from Stilwell was charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when he was arrested Dec. 17 in Sallisaw.

Jonathon Edward Kirk, 44, was driving a Lincoln Navigator on Dec. 15 when a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy saw the vehicle travel left of center three times while traveling south of Dwight Mission on 4590 Road.

The deputy, who spotted an opened bottle of vodka in the vehicle, asked Kirk and his two passengers for their identification. Kirk stated that he did not have his driver’s license with him. His female passenger gave her ID to the deputy, but the male passenger said he didn’t have his license, either.

A records check showed that Kirk did have a valid driver’s license, but no information turned up for the male passenger, who said his name was “John Shelly.” The female passenger, Bobbie Hammer, had a valid warrant from Adair County.

Because the officer found the open container of alcohol, he began a search of the vehicle. While searching, “Shelly” took off running through a field on the west side of 4590 Road. The deputy was unable to locate him.

Kirk was then given several field-sobriety tests, which he failed. He was then arrested.

The vehicle search revealed a crystalline substance in the side pocket of the woman’s purse and a rolled-up $5 bill. The same pocket also contained a white, round pill that was later determined to be oxycodone.

Hammer was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and the Adair County warrant. She was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.

Kirk was also taken to the jail, where he was warned against bringing any narcotics into the facility with him. He told the deputy he had nothing on him. When he was searched, however, a clear, zip-type bag containing the same crystalline substance was discovered. Kirk then said he may as well be honest and handed the deputy a glass smoking device commonly used to smoke meth. Charges for meth possession and contraband possession were added to his record.

Hammer later told officers that the man who fled the scene was actually named John Wayne Walters. A records check showed that he also has a valid felony warrant from Adair County.

Bringing contraband into a jail facility is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for 1-5 years, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. The misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for 10 days to one year.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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