Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

April 25, 2014

Man accused of trying to hit woman with car released

TAHLEQUAH — A 48-year-old Proctor man accused of trying to hit a woman with his car has been released from jail, booking records show.

Michael Ray Walters was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center Monday for assault and battery with a deadly weapon. He was later released on a $7,000 bond.

Tahlequah Officer Jake Keys said police responded to the Grand China Restaurant on East Downing after a woman was heard screaming for help. Police found Patricia Daniels, who said she was walking near a motel when Walters approached.

Daniels told police she walked with Walters to a motel room but eventually began to get scared of him. She then walked to the River City Motel, and Walters allegedly drove up to Daniels, accusing her of stealing his cell phone.

Witnesses at the restaurant told police Walters then drove a red Mustang around the parking lot, chasing Daniels and trying to run over her. Daniels was able to hide behind a trash bin.

Walters allegedly got out of the car and threw the keys into some bushes when he heard police getting close.

Tahlequah Police Sgt. David Craig found the keys, and Walters was arrested. The Mustang was searched and impounded.

When arrested, Walters allegedly told police he was not driving the Mustang.

Court records show Walters has escaped a prison sentence multiple times in Cherokee and Adair counties by pleading no contest to numerous counts of felony and misdemeanor crimes.

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