Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

October 1, 2013

Man booked for assault, vandalism

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police officers jailed a man early Sunday morning on allegations he assaulted a woman and vandalized a vehicle.

Officer Cory Keele was sent to State Highway 51 and Douglas for a domestic situation on the side of the road. Keele found Melinda Estes standing in the center median and Benjamin Workings, 25, standing outside of the car.

Estes said Workings had been asleep in the car while she drove to the area from Tulsa. Workings allegedly awoke and the two began to argue over some text messages.

Workings then allegedly began to hit Estes in the face. Estes pulled the vehicle onto the side of the road and tried to get out, but Workings continued to hit her and grabbed her shirt to keep her from leaving the vehicle.

Workings then began to scream and kicked the inside of the car as Estes called police. Keele said Workings appeared to be intoxicated – he smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred – and did not want to talk about what happened.

Keele said the windshield of the car was cracked and there were boot marks scattered on the window.

Workings was booked into jail for domestic assault and battery, malicious injury to property, and public intoxication. According to Keele, Workings was verbally abusive to officers after his arrest.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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