Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - A Muldrow man was charged Aug. 19 with endangering others while fleeing, a felony that carries the penalty of a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years in prison.
Austin Owens, 25, was also charged with driving with a license canceled/suspended or revoked, a misdemeanor.
On July 15, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was traveling east on Highway 64 in Muldrow when he observed a silver Dodge pickup and a blue Chevy pickup traveling at a high rate of speed traveling west on Hwy. 64. The Chevy was traveling at an estimated 80 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, prompting the officer to attempt a traffic stop.
The Chevy accelerated and began to pass multiple vehicles, running a driver off the road and onto the shoulder.
As the pickup approached Bawcom Road, it slowed down to about 45 mph before turning north on Bawcom, running through a fence and hitting a tree.
The deputy exited his patrol unit and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. The driver, Owens, was ordered to the ground and he was placed in custody without further incident.
Owens told the deputy he was sorry and that he was scared to go to jail.
A call from dispatch alerted the deputy that Owens’ license had been suspended through the State of Oklahoma.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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