March 25, 2014

Police: 'Man said he won't stop for cops when he is close to home'

— A Chickasha man was repeatedly extremely uncooperative with police during a public intoxication stop on Sunday.

Chickasha Police Officer Gillian Rainey said she was dispatched to the Dollar General on Grand Avenue about a man, Justin Powell, who left the store while intoxicated.

Rainey said she saw Powell's white Camaro on 9th Street and noticed the car swerve and the driver not wearing his seatbelt.

"I initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle at about Elmhurst and Country Club," she said. "I activated my siren. The driver continued on to his residence at 107 Caulder where the vehicle came to a stop."

Rainey said she instructed Powell to show her his hands when she saw the driver's door of his car open, but he refused.

"He started to get out of the vehicle and I ordered him to get on the ground," she said. "He again told me 'NO!'"

Powell was arrested for evading arrest.

Rainey said Powell tried to pull away while officers were trying to put him under arrest.

"I smelled the odor of alcohol on Powell's breath and person," she said. "Powell became combative so I was unable to complete the series of Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Powell appeared to be severely impaired due to his speech, lack of memory, and belligerent behavior."

Rainey said Powell refused to remove his finger from the window button of her back seat, which prevented Rainey from rolling up and locking the window.

She said Powell had to be restrained when CPD Officer David Harper-Head opened the door.

"While en route [to the Grady County Jail], Powell told me, 'to answer your question from earlier, I didn't stop because I don't and I won't! When I was too close to home, I won't,'" Rainey said. "Once at the jail, he told me, 'I never arrested arress. You just stuck me in these cuffs."

Powell was arrested for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and failure to wear a seatbelt and taken to the Grady County Jail.

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