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October 8, 2013

Woman charged after deputy struck with vehicle

NORMAN — A Norman woman was charged Monday after she allegedly struck a Cleveland County deputy with her vehicle and sped away Friday.

Pauletta L. Harrell, 51, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, endangering others while eluding or attempting to elude a police officer and obstructing an officer.

Two deputies went to Harrell’s residence Friday to serve her son with child custody papers. When they began talking to Harrell, she became “very agitated” and told deputies her son wasn’t there, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.

The deputies saw there was a minor in a car seat as well as a male subject in the back seat of Harrell’s vehicle, which was parked in her driveway. When asked if the male had identification, Harrell told them he was only 17 and didn’t have an ID, the affidavit said.

Deputies noted in the affidavit that the subject looked to be much older than 17 and the minor child was possibly the child they were looking for. When they asked Harrell where her son lived, she told them “Heatherfield” and then jumped into the vehicle and started it, telling them she would take them there, the document said.

The deputies asked Harrell several times to exit the vehicle, but she refused.

Harrell backed out of the driveway, nearly hitting one of the deputies with the open driver’s side door, when Deputy Travis Shoyer placed himself in front of her vehicle in an attempt to stop her from leaving, the affidavit said.

Deputy Shoyer told Harrell to park the vehicle and get out, but she instead accelerated and struck him in the left knee and lower leg with the front bumper of the car, the document said.

The two deputies then activated their lights and sirens and pursued Harrell through Norman. They stopped the pursuit by getting the patrol vehicle in front of hers at the intersection of East Acres Street and North Crawford Avenue.

The deputies again told Harrell to get out of the car, but she refused, according to the affidavit.

She said she was “on the phone with the police” and told them she didn’t believe they were police and thought they were there to kidnap her granddaughter, the document said.

Deputy Shoyer was treated at a hospital and released.

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