Tahlequah Daily Press

March 29, 2013

Handcuffed woman escapes custody

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies this week were searching for a woman who escaped arrest.

Deputy Bryan Qualls said he was dispatched to North 430 Road for a disturbance and was told, en route, that one woman – 33-year-old Angela Michelle Lyons, of Peggs – had left the scene and didn’t need deputies.

But Qualls learned Lyons is wanted by authorities in Cherokee County for an outstanding warrant. He continued to the address and met Lyons in the driveway. After verifying Lyons’ identity and her warrant, the deputy handcuffed Lyons and buckled her into a seat belt in the back of his patrol car.

Qualls said he then drove to the residence where the disturbance was reported and spoke to another woman. When he returned to his patrol unit, Lyons had escaped. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find her.

According to Qualls’ report of the incident, he took his key out of the patrol car’s ignition when he got out, and also locked the doors.

Qualls said Lyons could now face charges of escaping lawful arrest and theft of county property, because she fled in the deputy’s handcuffs.