Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

April 9, 2013

Man jailed for public intoxication after early-morning car crash

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Hulbert man Friday after responding to a wreck on West Willis Road.

Mustomuah Cooley, 48, was booked on charges of public intoxication. Deputies were called to the crash at about 1 a.m. and found a vehicle in a ditch. A woman at the scene told deputies she lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Officers later found Cooley walking down a road near the wreck, and Cooley admitted he had been involved in the crash. He smelled of alcohol and allegedly was uncooperative with officers.

In other matters, deputies arrested Aaron D. Shepard, 26, of Tahlequah, last week for trespassing after being forbidden. Deputies said Shepard was at the Keetoowah Casino, where he had been banned. Employees of the casino flagged down a deputy and made them aware of the situation.

Joe Eschavarria IV, 44, of Tahlequah, was arrested Saturday for public intoxication and transporting an open container of beer. Eschavarria was allegedly inside his vehicle at the Illinois River Fire Department on Steeley Hollow Road yelling and making threats at other people.

Deputies said Eschavarria smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet, and admitted he’d consumed three beers before getting to the fire station. Deputies said there was an opened can of Bud Light in the floorboard of Eschavarria’s vehicle, and he admitted to drinking the beer in the car.

Randy Wayne Blasingame, 48, of Cookson, was arrested for public intoxication Sunday. Deputies said Blasingame was stretched out on a table at the scene of a party. Officers had been called to the party for a disturbance, and said Blasingame refused to follow orders of the deputies. He had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet when he stood up, and told them he wasn’t going to talk with them.

Deputies were called to a home Sunday after a woman said she was attacked by several people. Jessica Keys was being treated by medics when deputies arrived and spoke with her. She said a neighbor’s dog went to her residence and stole some ribs from the house, so she went to the neighbor’s house and confronted them about the dog. Keys said a woman came from inside the residence, cursed at her, told her to leave, then punched her in the face. A man later pushed Keys into the floorboard of her vehicle and repeatedly punched her in the face, neck and upper body region. Deputies said they spoke to the alleged suspects, who said they were defending themselves.

Dana Harmon spoke to deputies last week about being threatened by a woman.

Donald Elgin reported a smoker and gas grill were taken from his property last week.

Deputies recently took a report from Tommy Saban and Eileen Saban, who said several items were taken from their home, including an AR 15 firearm, a Sony Vaio laptop computer, and a bandsaw.

Robert Vance II told deputies Friday he returned home and found his bathtub running and water overflowing into his house. He said it appeared a suspect entered the home and took an iPad, which Tahlequah police detectives later recovered.

Debby Cottrill spoke to deputies Saturday about her home being burglarized. Cottrill said the suspect took a Smith and Wesson pistol and other items.

Ella Hughes reported a vehicle being used without permission last weekend.

Sally Stanley filed a report Sunday about the theft of a green Honda 250 four-wheeler.

Martha Duffield reported the theft of a 28-year-old shotgun last week.

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