Larceny suspect nearly runs over trooper in Sand Springs
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Monday, March 04, 2013
3/04/13 at 2:14 PM
SAND SPRINGS – A Sand Springs man was jailed Sunday after nearly running over a state trooper attempting to arrest him, authorities said.
Teddy Wayne Cravatt, 47, of Sand Springs was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, drug and paraphernalia possession, resisting arrest, attempted eluding and traffic offenses.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a westbound 1997 Honda Accord near the Sand Springs Expressway and Oklahoma 97 junction after running the car’s license plate number through a computer database and finding the car had been reported stolen, according to Cravatt’s arrest report.
The trooper activated his patrol car’s emergency lights and the car continued driving on the highway’s outside shoulder at 50 mph before exiting at 129th West Avenue, the report states. The driver continued through neighborhoods at “speeds well in excess of the posted limit,” the trooper wrote.
The car then pulled over and Cravatt allegedly attempted to climb out of a window. The trooper approached the car and attempted to pull Cravatt from inside, at which point Cravatt pulled away from the trooper and put the car into drive, according to the report.
The trooper “let loose of Cravatt, as he was in fear for his life. (He) feared that Cravatt was going to run over him,” the report states.
The car chase continued until Cravatt pulled over a second time and was apprehended after reportedly attempting to flee on foot.
Troopers determined Cravatt’s license had been suspended, and they found a syringe that contained methamphetamine is his pocket, according to the report.
Cravatt’s bond is set at $72,350.
Department of Corrections records show he has been incarcerated sporadically for second-degree burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police, drug and paraphernalia possession, false impersonation and other crimes since 1987.