Tahlequah Daily Press

December 31, 2013

Woman jailed over ID flap

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police arrested a woman last week after she allegedly refused to leave Walmart because employees would not accept her Cherokee Nation identification.

Angela Drueppel, 40, of Tahlequah, was arrested and taken to the city jail Friday evening and bonded out.

According to Tahlequah Officer Thomas Donnell, employees at Walmart asked police to respond when Drueppel was involved in an argument at the store’s service desk.

Drueppel was attempting to return an item, but wanted store employees to accept her Cherokee Nation ID card rather than her driver’s license.

“Walmart explained to the customer that this was not an ID card that they accepted,” Donnell wrote in his report of the incident.

Drueppel allegedly refused to show her state driver’s license, though she had it in her possession, and instead insisted it was her right to show her Cherokee identification.

Donnell said he told Drueppel she would be required to either comply with Walmart employees’ request or leave the store.

“The customer stated that she had the right to show her Cherokee ID, and they were refusing her,” Donnell wrote.

Drueppel eventually agreed to leave the store, according to Donnell, but continued arguing with police and Walmart staff.

“The customer continued to argue and said ‘arrest me,’” Donnell reported.

Dreuppel was then arrested for obstruction.

According to Donnell’s report, Dreuppel was recording the conversation when the officer arrived at Walmart.