Tahlequah Daily Press

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February 19, 2014

Man who eluded cops eventually stopped by taser

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police say a local man caught driving without headlights early Saturday morning refused to stop for police and eventually had to be tased.

Officer Pam Bell noticed Ory Patrick’s vehicle on Morgan without lights at around 1:47 a.m. Bell tried to stop Patrick, but he allegedly continued driving before he took off at what was described as a “high rate of speed.”

Patrick, 27, allegedly blew through a stop sign and a stop light and sped onto the Bertha Parker Bypass, where he again shot through a light and over the median, and continued driving. Bell said Patrick ran over curbs and off the road several times before he stopped in the 14,000 block of Houston.

Bell said Patrick got out of his vehicle, raised his hands and began to walk toward her as she ordered him to get on the ground.

“I ordered him several times to get on the ground, but he refused and continued to walk toward me,” Bell wrote in her arrest affidavit.

Tahlequah Sgt. Jason Girdner deployed his taser on Patrick, and officers were able to handcuff him.

Patrick was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for driving under the influence second or subsequent, attempting to elude, and resisting. He refused to take a state’s test to determine his breath-alcohol content.

Court records show Patrick was charged in 2006 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, but charges were dismissed by prosecutors in 2011 “in the best interest of justice.”

He also has previous charges of DUI and public intoxication, as well as possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Records show Patrick was in the military while some of his previous cases went through district court.

Patrick is free on a $7,000 bond on his weekend arrest, according to booking records.


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