November 14, 2013

Blanchard woman was unaware her car was stolen when it was found in Tuttle

James Bright, Managing Editor,
Guest Columnist


A Blanchard woman's car was found in Tuttle before she knew it was missing last week, when two alleged thives crashed the vehicle in a ditch. 

Tuttle police spoke with Blanchard resident Ashley Bassham who told them she came home from church at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, and as far as she new her car was in her driveway. 

At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 7, Tuttle Police Sgt. Jason Lanier responded to an area between Morgan Road and State Highway 37 to attend a vehicle accident. 

Lanier said a black SUV had left the westbound side of roadway and hit an electric utility fence and a tree. 

"The passenger door was opened and all airbags had deployed. Sgt. Lanier was unable to locate anyone inside the SUV or anywhere in the woods surrounding it," an incident report states.  "Sgt. Lanier spoke to a witness, Craig Warner.  Warner told me he was going westbound on S.H. 37 when he saw a car with activated emergency flashers in the woods."

Warner said he stopped to help anyone involved in the accident when he saw two white males leaving the scene. Warner said he asked if they needed assistance and the men responded, "get the f**k out of here." 

Warner said he left the scene and called the police. 

The vehicle turned out to be Bassham's.

A stolen vehicle report was filed by Bassham, but no suspects are in custody at this time.