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June 26, 2013

Man charged with DUI, leaving scene

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man is facing charges following an early June crash near Crafton and the east bypass.

John Bruce Stromp, 47, is charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, driving with a revoked license, and failure to maintain security.

Tahlequah Officer Reed Felts said police were called June 6 at about 8 p.m. after a witness saw Stromp’s car crash and drop down into a drainage ditch near the intersection of Crafton and the bypass. Felts could see the silver Buick about 20 feet below the road.

Witnesses said the driver – later identified as Stromp – made it out of the car before police arrived, but then disappeared.

Felts said Stromp attempted to flee the scene by crawling through a drainage tin horn, exiting on the other side, and running. He was captured and taken back to the scene of the crash.

Stromp allegedly had slurred speech, blood-shot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet. Police said they checked Stromp’s record and learned he has several previous arrests for driving under the influence, including one last March.

Stromp was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday and had his $15,000 bond reduced to $10,000, court records show. He is set for a felony sounding docket in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins on Aug. 5.

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