Tahlequah Daily Press

May 14, 2013

Stilwell man arrested for leading cops on chase

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 25-year-old Stilwell man remains jailed without bond after he allegedly took Tahlequah authorities on a high-speed chase last week before crashing and running away.

Jose Rueda is being held for felony eluding, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a loaded firearm, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, taxes due state, leaving the scene of a private-property crash, and destruction of state property. He’s also wanted on warrants out of Adair County, and is being held for immigration authorities.

Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said he was patrolling on May 8 when he noticed a car speeding on the west bypass. Keele said the vehicle left the road when it hit a dip in the intersection where Muskogee Avenue crosses the bypass.

Keele tried to stop the car but the driver – later identified as Rueda – sped off and drove at speeds higher than 100 mph. Rueda lost control of the vehicle when it crossed West Choctaw and the bypass, and the car hit a speed-limit sign.

Rueda continued driving at a high rate of speed off the road, and plunged through a barbed-wire fence before finally stopping in a drainage ditch. Rueda and a passenger ran from the car and under a drainage ditch, according to Keele’s affidavit.

Reserve Officer Austin Yates caught Rueda, who claimed it was his car and he was driving. Keele said officers found a loaded .380 high-point pistol in the back seat of the car, and Rueda claimed ownership of the gun.

According to Keele, Tahlequah officers were told Rueda had fired his gun into a woman’s house in Cherokee County before he was arrested by city officers.