Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

June 5, 2013

Teens go on joyride

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies filed a report this week after two teenage boys went on a joyride.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Waylon Tarkington said deputies received a report of a truck traveling on State Highway 51 and swerving back and forth across the road. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, and the truck eventually came to a halt in the Briggs area, striking another vehicle. A 14-year-old was behind the wheel and a 13-year-old was riding in the passenger seat. Both were released to their parents. The 13-year-old was accused of stealing Percocet and told deputies he and the driver had taken the pills and intended to sell the others, but he lost them when the vehicle nearly rolled over at one point in their ride.

Ray Goode filed a report Monday after his 20-foot flatbed trailer was stolen from his residence.

Deputies spoke with James Paden Monday after suspects tried to steal his son’s truck. Paden said he heard an engine revving during the night and saw suspects driving away in his son’s truck. Paden later realized the suspects had caused the truck to become stuck as they left. He drove toward them in his own truck, but a third vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, slammed into him. The suspects’ Tahoe then left the scene, and two people in the truck of Paden’s son fled on foot. Deputies said Paden’s truck had suffered severe damage from being hit with the SU, and his son’s truck had suffered a broken tail light.

Tiffany Johnson filed a home burglary report Monday.

David Hess filed an animal bite report this week.

Tawny Johnson told deputies Monday that she was assaulted by a man who hit her in the face, threw her on the ground and began to choke her.

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