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Sapulpa police arrest Tulsa man who tried to run from them by hiding near the Creek County Courthouse

When he was being placed in handcuffs, the man told police he thought he was in Mannford.

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Sapulpa Police arrested a Tulsa man early Tuesday morning for DUI and possession of a scheduled narcotic.

At approximately 12:52 a.m., thirty-five year old Terry Byrum (defendant), driving a black Chevy Silverado and traveling east near the 100 block on East Dewey Avenue, crossed the centerline while passing Sapulpa Reserve Police Officer Travis Braswell, thereby forcing him to swerve to avoid a collision.

After maneuvering his patrol unit Braswell attempted a traffic stop, but Byrum began to evade him by taking a series of turns around downtown Sapulpa, eventually pulling into a carport on the south side of a building located at 317 East Lee.

After pulling the truck to a stop, Byrum exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Braswell briefly lost sight of the man, before catching up to him and finding him attempting to hide near the south side of the Creek County Courthouse near Lee and Elm.

At this point Byrum was placed in handcuffs and detained. Officers observed him slurring his speech, appearing unsteady on his feet, and stating that he thought he was in Mannford, Oklahoma.

While the defendant was arrested an inventory of his truck was taken. An unmarked prescription bottle with three pills, later discovered to be Concerta, an Attention Deficit Disorder medication, was found in the glove box.

Byrum initially consented to take the state’s intoxicants blood test, then while en route to St. John Sapulpa, spontaneously stated that he was intoxicated on alcohol and asked if there were any need for him to take the test.

The officer informed him that due to the discovery of the pills, they would still prefer for him to take a blood test. He did not protest.

This was Byrum’s second or subsequent offense of possessing a scheduled I or II narcotic.

Additionally, a check of his criminal history revealed felony convictions of distributing a controlled substance in Tulsa County in 2003, conspiring to deliver, manufacture or possess a controlled dangerous substance in Tulsa County in 2015, and distribution of a controlled substance in Tulsa County on the same date in 2015.

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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