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Slow-speed chase ends in arrest

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - An Oklahoma man was arrested April 19 after leading Sallisaw police on a slow-speed car chase, according to a police report.

Bryan Scott Gorman, 20, of Arkoma was charged with knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property. He could face up to five years in the State Penitentiary, a fine of $500 or both if he is convicted of the felony charge.

On April 19, two Sallisaw police officers were patrolling eastbound on Cherokee and Wheeler avenues when they spotted a black GMC Sierra also traveling eastbound. As police neared the Sierra, the driver, later identified as Gorman, sped up. A short chase reaching speeds of nearly 50 mph ensued, and police initiated a traffic stop. Gorman then pulled into a bank parking lot at Cherokee and stopped.

As an officer approached the truck’s driver’s side, he could smell burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. Gorman told police that he has a medical marijuana card, and he denied having smoked marijuana while driving that day, the police report states.

After getting Gorman’s passengers out of the Sierra, an officer discovered a Glock 9mm handgun in the storage compartment of the driver’s side. The gun had 12 bullets in the magazine, but none had been chambered. A check with dispatch on the weapon revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Fort Smith.

While waiting for a response from dispatch, the officer continued to search the truck. According to court records, he found two additional Glock magazines, along with a pre-rolled marijuana cigarette, two THC vapes, a piece of THC wax and a marijuana pipe. Gorman was then arrested.

Gorman was transferred to the Sallisaw Police Department without incident.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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