Drunk Man Steals Wife’s Dog Back from Daughter

Sapulpa Police Dispatch advised that a subject entered the home, stole a dog, and then left in a white Dodge Durango going west on Bryan.

On Saturday, March 23 at approximately 9 p.m., Sapulpa Police Officer Baylor Pittinger was dispatched to an address on West Bryan Avenue to investigate a burglary in progress. Sapulpa Police Dispatch advised that a subject entered the home, stole a dog, and then left in a white Dodge Durango going west on Bryan.

Officer Pittinger proceeded to the home on Bryan and made contact with the homeowner/Victim. He stated that his father-in-law (Defendant) had arrived unannounced at his house and began banging on the front door. He said he told the Defendant to leave, but the Defendant continued to pound on the front door until it flew open. Then the Defendant entered the home, despite continuing to be told to leave by the Victim. 

The Victim’s wife/Defendant’s daughter, the witness, was in the laundry room when she heard knocking on the front door and her husband telling her father to leave. She heard a loud bang as the door flew open and she saw her father coming through the door. She said she saw him take a black dog and leave the house. 

The Witness stated that she purchased the dog for her mother. Her mother confirmed that the Defendant is her husband and that he went to their daughter’s house to retrieve her dog. She said that he knocked on the door and was told to leave, but instead broke the door open and took the dog. 

Officers were able to locate the white Dodge Durango that fled from the victims’ home near Bryan and Cedar. Sapulpa Police Officer Byrnes, believing that the driver of the vehicle had just committed a burglary, conducted a felony stop. Once the driver was detained, Byrnes was able to identify him as Jeremy Daniel Haight. She also detected a strong odor associated with alcohol coming from his breath. 

Officer Byrnes removed Haight’s handcuffs and conducted sobriety tests on him. She determined that he was under the influence of intoxicants and placed him under arrest. He refused to take a breathalyzer test. An inventory search of the Defendant’s property inside the vehicle revealed two Coors Light beer cans in the center cup holder. One of the beers was open and cold to the touch. The Defendant was transported to the Sapulpa Police Department for booking. 

Officer Pittinger read Haight his Miranda Warning at the police department, and Haight agreed to speak with him. He said that he had been drinking rum that day and that rum makes him aggressive. He was trying to reconcile his marriage with his wife and that led to an argument. In response to the argument, his wife took the dog and left to go to their daughter’s house on Bryan. The Defendant stated that his daughter threatened to have her husband beat him up. As he sat at his house and continued to drink, he became angrier that his wife took the dog. 

He said that he decided to go to his daughter’s house to “talk things out,” and knocked on the door four to five times. He said that the door opened and he took two steps into the residence and called for his dog. He said he could not recall anything else that was being said, and that he did not know the police were on their way. He claims the only crime he committed was drinking and driving. 

A criminal history check on Haight reveals no prior charges for burglary or driving under the influence. 

About the Author

Born and raised in Sapulpa, Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and is a former banker. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown with her husband Michael and to be contributing to The Sapulpa Times.

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