Tahlequah Daily Press

April 26, 2013

Woman back in jail after eluding police

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman was back in jail Thursday after she allegedly tried to avoid police while she was driving with a child and methamphetamine in the car.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Pruitt said officers conducted a safety checkpoint at 810 Road and 490 Road and noticed a dark-colored sport utility vehicle driving toward the intersection. The vehicle then stopped and tried to turn around, and drove backward down the road at a high rate of speed.

Pruitt and Deputy Charles Dreadfulwater attempted to catch the vehicle, and later found it parked on a side road with its lights off. Pruitt said 35-year-old Clarissa Louise Walker was trying to hide by ducking down in the car, along with her 4-year-old child and a friend.

Walker was confronted by deputies and admitted she didn’t have a driver’s license, so she tried to get away from the officers. Deputies said they found a clear bag with a white, crystal-like substance in the floor board. That substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

Walker was booked into jail for possession of a controlled dangerous substance-meth, child endangerment, eluding, reckless driving, driving while revoked, and no insurance.

Court records show Walker was charged last month with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the presence of a minor child. Prosecutors allege Walker cut a man on the forearm with a knife.