Tahlequah Daily Press

June 13, 2013

Area man jailed after fight with deputies

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Pryor man who allegedly consumed LSD, marijuana and several alcoholic drinks was arrested Tuesday after fighting with deputies.

Billy Joe Martin, 34, was booked into jail for public intoxication, placing bodily fluids on an officer, and making threatening acts of violence to an officer.

Deputies said they were called to the Littlefield Slab campgrounds and saw Martin staggering. Martin then fell onto the ground, and when deputies approached, he began to tell them he had his own mafia and was a member of a brotherhood. Martin allegedly told deputies they needed to watch their backs, and then spat on one deputy before threatening to kill “all the cops.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Moore said in his report that Martin was placed into the back of a patrol vehicle and buckled in with a seat belt, but Martin began to beat his head against the cage partition and a window.

Martin was eventually able to get free of his seat belt. Moore stopped his vehicle and opened the door to re-secure Martin, but Martin allegedly lunged at the deputy. Moore used his pepper spray on Martin, who reportedly began to cycle through fits of rage followed by moments of calmness.

Moore said Martin slammed his head into the pavement repeatedly before he could be placed back into the vehicle. When Moore once again started driving toward the Cherokee County Detention Center, Martin allegedly began another episode where he became “enraged,” Moore said. Martin hit his head on the cage partition and knocked himself out.

Moore then took Martin to a local emergency room, where Martin claimed he had taken “acid,” or LSD. Hospital officials later told the deputy that Martin had taken marijuana and had a blood-alcohol content of .299.

Witnesses had told deputies Martin was consuming vodka and Mountain Dew, and had possibly consumed two 30-packs of beer. Martin was eventually taken back to CCDC and booked into jail. Deputies said they learned Martin has a lengthy criminal history, with approximately 18 aliases and about a dozen different dates of birth on file.