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Cody Tatum

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Police were forced to fire shots at a vehicle during a pursuit to stop a charging suspect, according to reports.

The incident occurred in the 1500 block of S. Broadway at 12:38 a.m. Friday. Police arrested Cody Lee Tatum, 25, Ada, on a slew of charges, including assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon (a vehicle).

Ada Police Officer Jason Keck was on routine patrol when he was nearly hit by an eastbound car at the intersection of Main and Oak.

“As I was entering the intersection, a tan Cadillac was eastbound on Main at a high rate of speed,” Keck said in a report. “The Cadillac swerved to its right and missed my patrol car as it ran through the red light.”

A high speed pursuit ensued. The driver of the Cadillac, Tatum, turned north on Johnston and blew through all stop signs along the way, according to Keck.

“As the Cadillac approached Cottage (Street), it turned east and cut through the yard of 428 west Cottage, running through the fence and striking a utility pole,” Keck said.

The chase continued east before going south on Broadway. The high-speed pursuit continued past the intersection of Broadway and Kings Road before Tatum lost control and the car slid into a residential front yard.

“I pulled into the driveway and exited my police unit,” Keck said. “The Cadillac started toward me. I drew my duty weapon and stepped back as the Cadillac continued to drive toward me. The Cadillac just missed me with the left front.”

Keck said as Tatum’s vehicle was headed for another patrol car, he fired two bullets into the rear tire of Tatum’s vehicle. The car slammed into a ditch on the west side of Broadway and came to a stop. Keck approached the driver’s-side window with his gun still drawn and attempted to break the window, he said.

“The suspect began kicking the driver’s window from inside and cursing,” Keck said. “The window broke and Officer (Jeremy) Farmer and I grabbed the suspect.”

Two Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies, Brent Rhoads and Kevin Wood, arrived to assist Keck and Farmer with the arrest. Keck said Tatum was “very uncooperative and resisted arrest while cursing and spitting.”

After wrestling Tatum into a patrol car, Keck said police found several items which were reported stolen during a burglary late Thursday night. The items included silver dollars, an RCA receiver and a 37-inch Visio flat-screen television.

The burglary occurred at a residence in the 400 block of west 13th Street where a witness said the suspect fled in a gold Cadillac.

“As we were checking the Cadillac, Tatum started kicking the left rear of my patrol car, dislodging the window from the door,” Keck said.

Tatum was given a breathalyzer test which revealed he had a reported blood alcohol content of 0.15. He was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police, destruction of city property, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, placing bodily fluids on a government employee, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon.

Tatum was charged Monday with felony attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated DUI, assault with a dangerous weapon and prisoner placing bodily fluids on government employee.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said the District Attorney’s Office is awaiting further investigation by detectives before any decision is made on whether to file charges concerning the burglary or the stolen property found in Tatum’s possession.

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