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Sallisaw man charged with fleeing from police

Devin Ryan Kutil

Monday, October 24, 2022 - A Sallisaw man pleaded innocent Oct. 12 to a felony charge of attempting to elude a police officer, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Devin Ryan Kutil, 28, was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, a misdemeanor.

His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 9.

At 2:20 p.m. Oct. 7, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of U.S. Highway 64 between Sallisaw and Vian when he noticed a white four-door car approaching at a clocked speed of 83 mph. The deputy turned around to pursue the car.

The car attempted to accelerate once the pursuit began, but when it tried to turn right on 4550 Road at a high rate of speed, the vehicle started sliding sideways then slid off the road, knocking down the stop sign on the corner of Highway 64 and 4550 Road. The vehicle then rolled over twice before coming to a stop on its wheels. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw a man open the driver’s door and run across a yard.

The deputy pursued the man in his patrol car until he entered the tree line. The chase then turned into a foot pursuit, with the deputy commanding the man to stop. The man, identified as Kutil, was finally subdued.

A quick search of the area where Kutil was apprehended turned up two zippered bags under some bushes. The bags appeared to be full of marijuana.

Kutil informed the deputy that he had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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