Tahlequah Daily Press

July 3, 2013

Sheriff's Beat - Area man arrested during weekend traffic stop


TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Muldrow man over the weekend after a traffic stop in the Chicken Creek area.

James R. Cantwell, 33, was booked for driving under the influence and transporting an open container. Deputy Dexter Scott was patrolling near Chicken Creek when he noticed a truck back into the road. Scott followed the truck, and Cantwell allegedly drove left of center. Scott said he could smell alcohol coming from inside the truck when he approached Cantwell, who was driving. Cantwell admitted he had consumed a couple of alcoholic drinks and showed indicators of intoxication during field sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest and refused to take the state’s test.

During an inventory of the vehicle, Scott found a cold can of beer that was half full inside the cab, and a cold bottle of Corona beer that was about 25 percent full, he said. A passenger in the truck, 55-year-old Muldrow resident Dennis Patterson, was booked for public intoxication.

Janie Ross, 57, of Park Hill, was arrested Saturday for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious injury to property. Deputies Charles Dreadfulwater and Lonnie Bowlin responded to Tenkiller Harbor after Paul Davis said he was struck in the head with a hatchet by Ross. Davis said he was at a man’s property to retrieve money he was owed, and when he refused to leave, a fight occurred. During the scuffle, Ross allegedly grabbed an item – Davis claimed it was a hatchet, while Ross claimed it was a glass beer mug – and struck Davis on top of his head, causing a cut. Ross also allegedly broke a window out of Davis’ car when Davis was leaving. Deputies retrieved a hatchet and a beer mug from the scene of the alleged assault.

Colton Ray Moffett, 20, of Gruvery, Texas, was arrested Saturday night for actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. Deputy Jarrick Snyder responded to 888 Road in the Cookson area after a fight broke out with several people. Snyder arrived and spoke with a group of men and women who were standing in the road near a Dodge truck. They said they were riding with Moffett when he drove through a yard and narrowly avoided a crash. A fight broke out when the group tried to stop Moffett from driving the truck. When Snyder approached Moffett, Moffett allegedly smelled of alcohol and admitted he had been drinking. He provided inappropriate answers to the questions asked by Snyder, and also appeared to be confused and disoriented. Moffett was booked into jail and agreed to take the state’s test, which showed he had a breath-alcohol content of .12, according to Snyder’s report.

In other matters, deputies took a burglary report last week from Amanda Shell, who said her home had been burglarized five times recently.

Several juveniles were cited and released to their parents Sunday morning after EMS was called to Dajaro Road. Medics called deputies after they arrived and made contact with an intoxicated 17-year-old, along with other underage drinkers. One of the teenagers ran from the scene, so deputies decided to impound his truck when he failed to return.