An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 21 for a Sallisaw man who escaped from arrest Jan. 16, court records show.
Raymond Gillispie, 34, faces up to two years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine on the charge.
On Jan. 16, two Sallisaw police officers were driving southbound on Maple Street. When they got to the intersection of Maple and Cherokee Avenue, they noticed a white car traveling eastbound on Cherokee. It was stopped at a stoplight with its headlights off. The officers got behind the car and activated their emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
The white Ford Focus then pulled into the parking lot of the Circle S Laundry at 410 W. Cherokee Ave.
As an officer approached the vehicle, he could see there were two people in it. Both denied having identification on them, but the passenger identified himself as Raymond Gillispie, who dispatch alerted the officers was a known felon and had a history of running from police. A few seconds after the officers learned this information, Gillispie opened the passenger door and ran from the car.
The officers pursued Gillispie on foot and by car, with no luck. They brought in more officers, and even a K-9, to no avail.
Gillispie had a valid felony warrant for his arrest through Sequoyah County at the time of the incident.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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