Matthew Cahill, 31, was charged Oct. 25 in Sequoyah County District Court on felony counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officer. According to court records, a felony warrant was issued for his arrest the same day.
Sequoyah County Sheriff‚s deputy Galen Irvin reported on Oct. 10 he was requested to go to the Roland Police Department to speak with Jackie Brooks of Brooks Wrecker Service.
Brooks said a vehicle had been taken from his impound lot that morning, and was taken by the owner (Cahill) who had reportedly been arrested by Roland Police and released that morning.
Brooks described the vehicle taken as a white 1999 Ford van that did not require a key. He said there was no damage to the business‚s fence, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Roland Police were reportedly able to locate the van and when they attempted to make a stop on it, a pursuit ensued. Roland Police chased the vehicle into Arkansas and then terminated the pursuit when Arkansas State Police took over. Arkansas State Police were able to stop the pursuit and take Cahill into custody.
District Attorney Jack Thorp said unauthorized use of a vehicle is punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed two years; while endangering others while eluding is punishable by a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, and/or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years.