A Locust Grove woman was booked on multiple charges after she stole a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle on July 22.
After receiving reports of a woman sitting in a car screaming for help near Shiloh Road, Deputy Kerry Novak performed a welfare check and found Jennifer Dawn Walkingstick, 48, in a T-shirt and underwear.
Dispatchers advised Novak that Walkingstick had an outstanding warrant through Mayes County and that they would meet the deputy at Welch’s Mercantile Conoco Station in Peggs to get her.
When deputies tried to arrest Walkingstick, she allegedly tried to flee, but authorities were able to handcuff her and place her in the patrol unit.
When the deputy arrived at the store and got out of the vehicle to retrieve Walkingstick, she jumped into the front seat and drove off in the cruiser.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said it’s not against policy to leave the keys in the ignition, but “it’s probably not the best practice.”
According to reports, when the suspect drove off, she struck a wooden pillar on the building and then drove through the parking lot, hitting an unoccupied vehicle.
The vehicle then plowed through the ditch, became airborne, landed on the roadway and continued north into Mayes County. The Mayes County deputy and another Cherokee County deputy pursued the vehicle.
Authorities were able to stop the vehicle in Locust Grove.
The vehicle reportedly reached speeds of 97 mph and she activated the emergency lights and siren while driving.
Chennault said the patrol unit that was taken did not have a partition and that the truck was “beyond repair.”
Walkingstick was booked on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, driving under suspension, attempting to escape arrest, malicious damage to property and failing to stop after causing damage to a vehicle.