Pushmataha County Deputies were forced to wrestle an Antlers man to the ground in order to place him into custody after resisting arrest following a traffic stop on “E” Street in Antlers last Wednesday, July 11th.
County Deputy Shawn Culver and Deputy Russell Bailey were traveling south on N.E. “E” Street when he noticed a blue Ford Explorer that was also heading south but was in the opposite lane. When the deputy caught up to the vehicle he activated his lights and the vehicle came to a stop.
Deputy Culver made contact with the vehicles driver, who was identified as Cameron Bush, told him why he was stopped and asked for his drivers license and insurance. Bush presented the officer these documents without incident.
While standing at the driver’s side window, the officer reports smelling what was believed to be the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked Bush to step out of the vehicle and asked him if there was anything illegal inside. Bush replied no. Deputy Culver asked again, stating that he could smell the odor of marijuana and Bush stated again that there shouldn’t be anything illegal inside the vehicle.
Bush and his passenger, later identified as Michael Booher, age 42, were asked to step to the passenger’s side of the car so the deputy could make a sweep of the vehicle with his dog and he wouldn’t have to worry about them getting bit. While Culver was running the dog, Deputy Bailey watched Bush and Booher.
The dog first alerted Deputy Culver at the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Bush and Booher were searched. Deputy Culver found rolling papers and a plastic baggie containing what field tested as marijuana inside. Culver told Booher to place his hands behind his back and Booher shoulder checked the deputy, knocking him backwards.
Booher began to run but was tackled to the ground by Culver. Booher kept kicking his legs, trying to get up, so Deputy Bailey jumped over the top of Culver and began trying to restrain him but he wasn’t giving up. Deputy Bailey continued to struggle with Booher while Culver made sure Bush didn’t try to run. Booher was taken into custody and placed next to the patrol vehicle.
After the struggle, Culver noticed that his pants were ripped open and road rash was present on his knee.
Antlers Police Officer Wyatt Williams arrived on scene and transported Booher to the Pushmataha County Jail for booking.
Booher was charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting an Officer. A bond was set in the amount of $7500.00. Booher’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 1, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.