Tahlequah police officers arrested a woman Saturday after responding to a hit-and-run call near Vinita Avenue and North Street.

Crystal Ann Brown, 24, was arrested for resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, violation of child restraint system, being involved in a hit-and-run collision resulting in property damage, failure to comply with required Compulsory Liability Insurance Law, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the police report, Brown hit and broke an electric pole with her vehicle before ramming into a parked car near Vinita and Earl Street. She allegedly drove away from the accident, and her vehicle became stuck in a ditch on Coy Street.

Brown’s 3-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle in a booster seat when Brown’s car struck the electric pole and parked car, and she was not restrained by a safety belt, according to the report.

When Patrolman Sam Jackson approached Brown, she allegedly smelled of alcohol, was unstable on her feet, had bloodshot eyes and was unable to follow simple directions by the officers. She allegedly told the officers she had “drank too much.”

Jackson said Brown became belligerent, and when he tried to place her under arrest, the suspect assaulted him and kicked the door of his police vehicle when she was being placed in the car.

Brown agreed to take a state breath test at the scene, according to Jackson, but at the police department she refused to submit a breath sample for the test.


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