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Police Reports 3-25-23: several booked for public drunkenness

Officers were busy with people who were either intoxicated, transporting open containers of alcohol, or carrying around fentanyl.

On March 16, Tahlequah Police Officer Mitchell Sellers was dispatched to South State Street just before 1:30 a.m., due to a woman who was screaming and causing a disturbance. Sellers arrived and made contact with Emily Bear, who refused to give her name and was uncooperative. Bear was arrested for obstruction and told Sellers her name. Sellers wrote in his police report that Bear had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. A baggie of fentanyl was found in her pocket after she was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center. Bear was booked on tribal charges for public intoxication, obstructing an officer, disturbing the peace, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Sgt. Lane Cobb was called to West First Street March 14 for a disturbance in which a man and a woman were arguing. The officer was speaking with the pair when Benjamin Adair exited the residence and began walking toward College Avenue. Adair appeared intoxicated and told the officer he was walking to his dad’s house. Adair admitted to consuming alcohol and was arrested for public drunkenness. He was taken to jail and booked on tribal charges.

On March 16, Officer Dylan Harman was patrolling the area of North Cedar Avenue when he observed a driver who failed to signal while turning on to East Downing Street. Harman conducted a traffic stop and met with the driver and passenger in the parking lot of Sonic. Richard Lea had a suspended driver’s license and was arrested. Harman searched the vehicle and found an opened bottle of vodka under the driver’s seat. The passenger was released from the traffic stop and Lea was transported to jail where he was booked for driving under suspension, transporting an open container, and failure to use turn signal.

Officer David Trammell was patrolling East Downing Street on March 17 when he noticed an expired paper tag on a Hyundai Sonata. The officer met with Jason Cramer, who couldn’t provide documentation that showed the vehicle was insured. Dispatch wasn’t able to confirm insurance and advised Cramer was wanted out of Cherokee County. A six-pack of beer, with one missing can, was found in the backseat. Trammell said an opened can of beer was found in a cup that was in the door of the vehicle. Cramer was booked for transporting an opened container, failure to maintain security, taxes due state, and the warrant.

On March 17, Officer Trammell responded to the parking lot of W.W. Hastings Hospital due to security fighting with an intoxicated man. Security officers said Benjamin Carter became aggressive with the nurses when he “did not get what he came for.” Carter was arrested for public drunkenness and transported to jail for booking.


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