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Sallisaw felon caught with firearm

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

Monday, February 13, 2023 - A Feb. 5 traffic stop led to the arrest of a Sallisaw man on a weapons charge according to police reports.

Jesse Wayne Dabbs, 35, was charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance, both misdemeanors. His bond was set at $12,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Feb. 5, an officer with the Sallisaw Police Department was patrolling the area of J.T. Stites and Redwood when he spotted a green Honda Civic. A quick check with dispatch revealed that the vehicle’s insurance was unconfirmed and the tag had expired in October 2022.

As the officer watched, the driver of the Civic, later identified as Dabbs, made a sudden turn into the parking lot of the Midcontinent Cement Plant.

The officer continued eastbound and parked in a different parking lot to wait for the green car to drive past again. About five minutes later, the vehicle left the parking area and turned back in the opposite direction. When the car pulled onto Redwood, the officer initiated a traffic stop.

When asked for his license and insurance verification, Dabbs handed the officer an Oklahoma ID card and said the insurance had recently been canceled.

Another check with dispatch revealed that Dabbs’ driver’s license had been suspended, and the officer took him into custody. Dabbs asked if he could call his boss so he could come pick up his gun. When asked, Dabbs stated that the gun was in the trunk of the car.

The officer reportedly asked Dabbs several times if he was a felon and the man answered “no” each time. A check with dispatch, however, revealed that he was indeed a convicted felon.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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