Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

May 6, 2014

Sheriff's Beat: Man nabbed for public intox

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Welling man Saturday after he fled from them.

Michael Don Lea, 39, was booked into jail for public intoxication and obstruction. Deputy Scott Enlow was investigating a prowler on East 843 Road when he spotted Lea in a tree line. Lea allegedly refused to stop and speak with Enlow, and instead started sprinting away, even telling the deputy he would “just run.” Enlow escaped, but Deputy Bryan Qualls later spotted Lea, chased him and was able to arrest him.

In other matters, deputies arrested Ana Karen Rios-Villela, 25, of Tahlequah, last week for assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

Patricia Stopp reported the theft of a bed last week.

Billy Beard reported the theft of a dirt bike recently. The bike was later impounded by Tahlequah police after the driver crashed it and fled.

Johnathan Harris filed a theft report last week.

Members of the Tenkiller Baptist Assembly spoke with deputies last week after musical equipment was stolen.

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