Tahlequah Daily Press

January 23, 2013

Prosecutors charge man who led officers on chase

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County prosecutors have charged a Tahlequah man who allegedly led officers on a pursuit earlier this month.

Dillon Postema, 21, is charged with eluding police, driving while under the influence of alcohol, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges, Tahlequah Patrolman Cory Keele was on duty Jan. 3 when he noticed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign.

Keele said he tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped up and continued traveling.

The vehicle eventually pulled into a parking space near Hensley and Nola streets. Postema was ordered to exit and complied with Keele’s commands. He was then taken into custody when other officers arrived at the scene, Keele’s report said.

Keele said he recognized Postema from a traffic stop he had conducted earlier that night.

Postema allegedly had no valid driver’s license, and smelled of alcohol. Keele said the vehicle’s real license plate was found inside, and another plate had been attached on the outside of the vehicle.

Eluding a police officer is a felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $100 to $2,000; while driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable by 10 days to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.