Tahlequah Daily Press

January 3, 2014

Man facing charges after eluding local police, crashing into Cherokee Nation vehicle

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly refused to stop for police and eventually crashed into a Cherokee Nation deputy marshal’s vehicle.

Antonio R. Golden, 32, is charged with assault and battery while resisting execution of a legal process, driving without a valid license, and failure to yield for emergency vehicle.

According to Tahlequah Officer Larry Lane Jr., officers patrolling on Dec. 20 spotted Golden getting into the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

Golden drove east on Downing, and officers learned he had no valid license.

Lane attempted to stop Golden, but Golden allegedly refused to stop for approximately six blocks.

At the intersection of Downing and Cedar, Golden stopped for a red light, and officers blocked the suspect to prevent him from continuing.

Golden then allegedly accelerated and crashed into Cherokee Nation Deputy Marshal Matt Laney’s vehicle.

Lane said he and other officers pulled Golden from his vehicle and arrested him.

“[Golden] stated to me that he did not know why he was being arrested and I told him that he had just crashed into a police vehicle,” Lane said in his affidavit.

“Golden then said that he did not see the police car because he was talking on his cell phone and looking in his rear-view mirror at my patrol unit’s emergency lights.”

Court records show Golden was charged two times in 2013 for drug-distribution and possession cases.