Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - A Vian man pleaded not guilty April 27 to a charge of possession of contraband by an inmate, court records show.
Joshua David Severin, 34, faces up to 20 years in the State Penitentiary if he is convicted of the felony charge.
Severin had been arrested and jailed April 23 on charges of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and attempting to elude police, both felonies. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license.
According to a probable cause affidavit, law enforcement had received several complaints April 23 from area residents about Severin driving around late at night in a white Chevrolet Blazer with a loud exhaust.
A check with dispatch confirmed there was a warrant out for Severin, and he also had a suspended driver’s license.
At 1:20 a.m. on April 23, a pair of Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputies parked in the area of Highway 100 and 4492 Road to confront Severin. A few minutes later, the deputies could hear what they believed was the Blazer loudly traveling west on Highway 100.
When Severin approached 4492 Road, officers were able to confirm the driver’s identity, and they watched as Severin failed to use his turn signal to turn onto 4492 toward his residence.
The deputies immediately initiated a traffic stop, but the Blazer sped away with officers in pursuit.
Severin drove into his driveway, then around the back of his residence and into nearby woods. He maneuvered his way back to 4492 Road, when a male passenger suddenly jumped from the truck and stood in the driveway with his hands raised. A deputy continued pursuing the Blazer, which headed south on 4492.
The Blazer then turned east through a neighbor’s field. About 200 yards into the field, Severin drove the Blazer through a fence and came to a stop.
After the chase, Severin ignored repeated commands to show himself, and officers began searching for him. Once they were close enough to the Blazer, the deputies realized Severin had run from the scene.
During a search of the area, officers discovered a pair of wet boots, and they found a cleared fence line that led directly north to Severin’s residence.
Officers searched the Blazer and found what appeared to be a rifle but was later identified as a 4.5mm air gun.
The deputies then returned to Severin’s residence, where they were met by the suspect’s wife.
Joanna Severin insisted her husband was not at the house and stated that she had locked up the place so he couldn’t return. After a few moments, however, Severin’s wife entered the home and came back out reporting that he was in the bedroom but, “I didn’t know he was there.”
Joshua Severin then walked outside and was arrested.
On April 23, another deputy was dispatched to the area of the pursuit in reference to the discovery of a firearm. The reporting party told deputies that a police pursuit had come through her area late the night before, and when doing yard work the next day, she discovered a silver gun.
Severin also received a felony contraband charge as he was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center. According to an affidavit, on April 26, a Sequoyah County detention officer notified a sheriff’s investigator that Severin had been found with methamphetamine in his cell.
The meth was found in a Bible that Severin had been using. Statements were taken from several of Severin’s cellmates.
Severin’s next court appearance is at 9 a.m. May 18. His bond was set at $20,000.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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