Friday, February 12, 2021

Man Runs From Police After Traffic Stop

Justin Walker

A 25-year-old man was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with escape from felony arrest or detention, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

A Gore police officer on patrol in late January spotted a black GMC Envoy traveling south on Main Street with plastic covering the back window and the driver’s side taillight blinking intermittently.

The officer initiated a traffic stop, where he encountered the male driver, Joshua Severin, who did not have a driver’s license. Severin said he had just gotten out of prison for dealing methamphetamine out of Tulsa. A male in the back seat and a female in the passenger’s seat also had no ID on them.

A check with dispatch revealed that Severin had no warrants and did not possess a valid driver’s license, but the man in the back, Justin Walker, had a felony warrant out of Sequoyah County for larceny.

The officer then went back to the Envoy and asked Walker to step out as he was opening the door. Walker came out of the vehicle as the officer was getting his handcuffs out and took off running west.

The officer briefly chased Walker, then returned to the traffic stop and issued a citation to Severin for driving without a license. He then went to search for Walker along with another Gore officer and officers from Vian, Webbers Falls and Sequoyah County. He was not located that night, but was arrested Feb. 1.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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