Tahlequah Daily Press

September 11, 2013

Man arrested for DUI threatens officer

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police say a local man arrested while driving drunk Monday night threatened to shoot an officer if she didn’t take him to a Wagoner hospital.

Anthony Thomas, 29, of Tahlequah, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. after he allegedly drove a car off the road near Fourth and Kaufman, nearly struck a utility pole, then drove the car onto a curb when Tahlequah Officer Pam Bell stopped him.

Bell said she approached Thomas and could smell alcohol inside the vehicle. Thomas allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and nearly fell to the ground when exiting his car.

“While a pat-down of his person was being performed he lost his balance and fell forward to the ground,” Bell wrote in her affidavit of the arrest.

Bell later learned Thomas’ license was expired and suspended.

During an inventory of the car, an open container of beer was found in the passenger floor board.

Thomas had a breath-alcohol content of .20, according to Bell. She said Thomas also told her she needed to take him to the Wagoner hospital, “and if not he would shoot me.”

Thomas then asked Bell for her name, according to the officer. Thomas was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for aggravated driving under the influence second or subsequent, driving under suspension, transporting an open container, left of center, and making a terroristic threat.

Thomas has previous charges including domestic abuse-assault and battery, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, driving under suspension, possession of controlled substance, illegal dumping, and DUI.

-- jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com