Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

August 23, 2013

Man arrested for reckless driving, public intoxication

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday after witnesses called 911 saying he was running others off the road.

Juan Morales was booked into jail for public drunk, reckless driving and no license or insurance. Deputies responded to U.S. Highway 62 when reports poured in about the man speeding through the area, passing on the shoulder and causing others to run off the road. Deputies saw Morales pull into a store and stagger out of the truck. He allegedly smelled of beer and had slurred speech. Morales told deputies he is not a citizen, and didn’t have a license.

In other matters, deputies spoke to Elizabeth Thompson earlier this month after a home break-in. Thompson said two TVs, jewelry, an iPhone 4, a rifle, a bag of knives and antique money were missing when her family returned to their home. Thompson said they had spotted a white Dodge car in the area, and it sped away as they approached. The TVs and rifle were later found outside the home. Deputies later developed suspects after spotting the white car and speaking to the driver about two other passengers.

Deputies took a report from Joyce Sims this week about an iPhone being stolen while she was at work.

Benjymn Hance filed a burglary report Wednesday.

Deputies on Monday took a report from a Department of Human Services welfare worker, who is investigating the possible abuse of a 3-year-old child. DHS representatives said the boy was apparently spanked by his mom and her boyfriend, and the spanking left marks and bruises on the boy’s body. DHS was notified by a concerned teacher.

Kenneth Martin reported his boat being burglarized recently at Caney Ridge Marina. Martin said a CD player, speakers and camping equipment were taken. Other boats were also burglarized in the area.

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