Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

June 20, 2014

Sheriff's Beat: Man arrested after avoiding checkpoint

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man Wednesday when he allegedly tried to avoid a safety checkpoint.

Deputy Raymond Hendricks said he noticed the vehicle stop in the middle of the road about 50 yards from the officers at the check point, sit there for several minutes, then back down the road and pull into a driveway. The vehicle’s lights then went off.

Hendricks approached the driver and could smell a strong stench of cologne inside the car. The driver, 18-year-old Aaron Benjamin Crawley, allegedly claimed he didn’t have his insurance card and that police make him nervous. Hendricks said he could smell marijuana, and later found some of the substance in the vehicle, along with a pipe. Crawley was booked into jail for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana. A 17-year-old passenger was cited and released to parents.

In other matters, Angela Dance filed an assault report Wednesday.

Leon Sparks reported a stolen welder recently.

Louella Brixey reported the theft and unauthorized use of checks.

Samanna Bennett reported the theft of an iPhone 5.

Angel Dreadfulwater reported theft of an iPhone 4S from a vehicle recently.

Marian Killgore reported vandalism to property this month.

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