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August 30, 2012

Charges filed in high-speed pursuit

TAHLEQUAH — A Stilwell man accused of leading Tahlequah police on a high-speed pursuit last week has been charged in district court.

Damon Green, 28, allegedly ran a stop light at the intersection of Muskogee Avenue and Rayne Street, and sped off when police tried to pull him over. The pursuit traveled south on Park Hill Road, then south on State Highway 82 and onto State Highway 100, with Green’s Dodge Caliber topping speeds of more than 120 mph, according to court documents.

Police said Green’s vehicle slowed, at times, to speeds lower than posted limits, allowing officers to catch up with him. Green’s vehicle eventually ran into a ditch on 568 Road, and Green escaped from officers.

Cherokee Nation marshals later went to Green’s home, where he reportedly claimed a twin brother had been the driver. He eventually admitted he was the driver, according to police.

Court documents allege Green caused another driver to run off the road and into a ditch during the pursuit. He’s also accused of having an open can of beer and an open bottle of liquor inside the car, and of driving without a license.

Eluding or attempting to elude a police officer is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $100-$2,000.

Green was held on a $20,000 bond and is expected to make his initial appearance in court Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

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