Tahlequah Daily Press

June 21, 2013

Man gets 20 years for eluding police

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man was given a 20-year sentence this week in exchange for pleading guilty to running from police.

Richard Bradley Ryals, 24, was charged with eluding police, driving under the influence, obstructing an officer, and resisting an officer.

Ryals was being sought in connection to a series of burglaries in Cherokee County and had eluded police several times. In April, deputies spotted Ryals driving in a car and tried to stop him, but Ryals fled and eventually crashed the car.

Court records show Ryals received a 20 year sentence for his guilty plea for eluding, with eight of those years suspended. He received a one-year suspended sentence for the other three charges.

Similar charges that had been filed in relation to the same case were dismissed.

Tahlequah detectives began looking for Ryals and several others earlier this year after some grab-and-go thefts, including a couple of purse-snatchings in the Walmart parking lot.

After Ryals was arrested, along with his wife, detectives connected the crimes to two other people.

All allegedly confessed to some part in the activities, according to authorities.