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April 23, 2014

Woman suspected of fleeing police with child in vehicle

Ada — A Stonewall woman was arrested after she allegedly fled police with an infant child in the vehicle.

Arrested was 40-year-old Crystal Dawn Cagle. Pontotoc County Sheriff's Deputy Burt Page was driving the J.A. Richardson Loop late Friday night just after midnight. He was responding to a suspicious vehicle call south of Ada when a woman in a gold pickup entered the loop without yielding to Page's patrol vehicle or signaling, Page said in a report.

"I activated my emergency equipment and attempted to pull the vehicle over," Page said. "The vehicle continued traveling on JA Richardson. I observed the vehicle weaving within the lane and at one point actually striking and knocking over one of the stanchions (construction cones).

"The vehicle continued for approximately one half mile and then exited at Latta Rd. As the vehicle exited, it struck the curb and then continued to travel for approximately 75 meters off the roadway on the grass," Page said.

Page said Cagle stopped and, as he approached the vehicle on foot, saw Cagle throw something out the passenger-side window. Page said as he approached the vehicle, he noticed Cagle's 15-month-old toddler in the pickup with her.

"I then asked (Cagle) what she had thrown out of the vehicle and she stated she didn’t throw anything out. I told her I had seen her throw something out and that Zurbair Khan (a ride-along passenger in the patrol vehicle) had also seen it. I then asked Khan what it was and he replied 'a bag of pills.' I ordered Crystal to get out of the vehicle, but upon hearing Khan’s voice, she put the pickup in gear and accelerated away. I reached inside the vehicle and grabbed Crystal in an attempt to stop her from fleeing but she sped away, pulling me for a couple of feet before I released my hold on her. I returned to my patrol unit and advised Central I was in pursuit."

Page said he informed central dispatch there was an infant in the fleeing pickup as the pursuit continued south on state Highway 3W. Cagle allegedly blew through a roadblock setup by Sheriff John Christian. Christian, other deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Jack joined the pursuit, which led to a residence in Stonewall at around 75 to 80 miles-per-hour.

"Cagle came to a stop and opened the driver’s side door," Page said. "At this point I rushed to the driver’s side of the vehicle and extracted Cagle from the vehicle and placed her on the ground. She continued to resist as Jack, Deputy R.W. Vietzke and I attempted to gain control of her hands and restrain her. On several occasions Crystal was ordered to stop resisting and give us her hands.  However, she did not comply. After a brief struggle Vietzke was finally able to place handcuffs on Cagle and take her into custody."

Cagle was arrested on suspicion of eluding peace officer, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, child endangerment, resisting an officer, littering, failure to yield, and failure to signal.

Her daughter was turned over to a relative. Page said the bag of pills was sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for identification and destruction.

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