Tahlequah Daily Press

April 23, 2014

Wanted man nabbed during traffic stop

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a wanted man this week after a traffic stop near South Muskogee and Willis Road.

Hurley D. Pitts, 40, was being sought by authorities on a motion to revoke a previous sentence.

Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrick Snyder said he stopped a car after it ran off the road a couple of times. A woman was behind the wheel, and Pitts was sitting in the passenger seat.

Pitts was arrested for his warrant, and Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele decided to run his canine officer, Bo, around the vehicle. Bo gave officers a positive alert, according to Snyder.

Pitts allegedly told Snyder that officers would find a cold pack and filter in the car, but he and the driver denied there were any illegal substances.

Keele found a large bottle with a tube protruding from the top; a bottle of lighter fluid; the cold pack Pitts had mentioned; and a lithium battery.

According to Snyder, the driver claimed she knew nothing about the items, which are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. She said Pitts had asked her for a ride to a friend’s house and that he had placed his items into her car when she arrived. Pitts’ story was the same, according to officers – though Pitts claimed the ice pack was for him, and said the tubing that was attached to the bottle was used for medical purposes involving kidney surgery.

Officers tested a substance inside the bottle and learned it was meth.

Pitts was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where officers conducting a clothing search also found a piece of tin foil that was folded up in one of Pitts’ pockets.

Snyder’s arrest report will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for possible charges of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine.

Pitts is free on a $7,500 bond for a drug-distribution charge and a $5,000 bond on embezzlement charges, booking records show.

He was recently charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for an alleged knife attack against three people.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com