Tahlequah Daily Press

April 16, 2013

Bird gets 14 years for assault, drugs

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Kansas, Okla., man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday.

Roger Dale Bird, 52, was charged last November with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, willfully endangering others while eluding, unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and resisting an officer.

Court records show Bird was convicted in 2003 of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Prosecutors filed an application to revoke Bird’s suspended sentence on the 2003 conviction after his 2012 charge.

Court documents also pointed to 2006 charges against Bird in Delaware County for endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and for maintaining a place for keeping or selling controlled substances.

Assistant District Attorney B.J. Baker said Bird was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison on the application to revoke. Bird will be back in court at a later date to deal with the 2012 charges.

Those charges are a result of Bird’s arrest October 23 in Tahlequah. According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Tahlequah Patrolman Shawn Presley, police tried to stop Bird for making an unsafe lane change without signaling. Officers said they also recognized that Bird was wanted for an outstanding warrant.

Bird allegedly failed to yield and attempted to elude by driving away at a high rate of speed. Bird then crashed into another vehicle and struck Tahlequah Detective Elden Graves with his truck. Presley said Bird discarded methamphetamine as he tried to flee, and the meth was packaged in a way similar to methods of distribution.

When officers were finally able to stop Bird, he allegedly resisted by holding his arms underneath his body.