By JOSH NEWTON
Tahlequah police arrested three people Friday following a traffic stop near Keetoowah and West.
Officer Cory Keele said he stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver, William Washee, for a failure-to-pay warrant. The front-seat passenger, Skylar Collins, was arrested for public intoxication.
Laura Carroll, 24, of Tahlequah, was in the back seat of the vehicle and was asked to step out. She became uncooperative, according to Keele, but eventually got out of the car and ap -peared to be un -steady on her feet. She was arrested for public intoxication and placed inside Keele’s patrol car.
Keele said Collins then tried to walk away from the traffic stop. Officer Tony Aguilar stopped Collins. As Keele assisted Aguilar with Collins, he noticed Carroll was moving around inside Keele’s patrol car and had opened the door.
“[Northeastern State University] Sgt. Manuel Holland went over to my car and waited with Carroll until I got over to her,” said Keele. “I noticed she had slipped out of one of her cuffs and I removed her from my vehicle and replaced the restraint.”
Keele alleges Carroll, during the book-in process, failed to answer questions and started making threats about her father “taking care of” officers. She refused to remove jewelry and other items to comply with jail policy, and was eventually transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center.
“Once at the detention center, jail staff found a butterfly knife in Carroll’s pocket,” Keele reported in his arrest affidavit. “Carroll continued to be verbally abusive, calling me a ‘b----’ and telling me to just wait.”
Carroll was booked for public intoxication, obstruction, knowingly concealing a deadly weapon, and threats to perform acts of violence.
Booking records show Carroll is being held at CCDC on a bond of $11,350.