By SEAN ROWLEY
Tahlequah Police Department officers arrested a local man Friday morning after he allegedly led them on a short chase and crashed into a Cherokee Nation Marshal Service vehicle.
Antonio R. Golden, 32, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, driving under revocation, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, inattentive driving and failure to obey a traffic control device.
The report of Officer Larry Lane Jr. states that while patrolling near Downing Street and Water Avenue, he noticed Golden getting into the driver’s seat of a red Dodge Charger. After asking dispatch for a driver’s license check, Lane learned Golden had no valid license.
Lane states Golden pulled the vehicle eastbound onto Downing Street, and Lane followed and turned on his emergency lights. Golden reportedly led Lane and other officers about six blocks without slowing down, before stopping for a traffic signal at Downing and Cedar Avenue.
As officers surrounded the vehicle, Golden allegedly ran the light and collided with the passenger side of a CNMS vehicle driven by Officer Matt Laney. Lane says he repeatedly asked Golden to get out of the vehicle before removing him and placing him under arrest.
According to Lane, Golden asked why he was under arrest, and Lane explained that Golden had struck a police vehicle. Golden allegedly said he did not see the marshal’s vehicle because he was talking on his cell phone and looking at the emergency lights in his rear-view mirror.
The report of Lane alleges Golden’s license was revoked.