Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pitts Tased After Attempting to Elude Deputy

Johnathon Pitts

Johnathan Pitts, 29, of Sallisaw was tased Friday evening after attempting to elude a Sequoyah County deputy.

Deputy Mark Choate was dispatched to a residence north of Sallisaw in response to a report of Pitts having taken his aunt's vehicle without permission. While Choate was obtaining information from the reporting party, Pitts pulled up in the vehicle and his aunt attempted to talk him into leaving the vehicle without incident but he drove away. Choate pursued him to the Dollar General located north of Sallisaw where Pitts pulled over.

Deputy Choate stated that Pitts refused to leave the vehicle so he called for a second unit. At that time Pitts put the vehicle in reverse and backed into the deputy's patrol unit. Pitts then began to drive away. "I was able to deploy my Taser through the car window and then take Pitts into custody," Choate said. (Click on link below for video)

Pitts also had in his possession his aunt's purse and her dog.

Sheriff Larry Lane stated that Pitts was charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, resisting arrest, attempting to elude, larceny of a dog and petit larceny.

Pitts is currently still in custody at the Sequoyah County Detention Center.

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