A suspect who was allegedly driving a stolen 4-wheeler on rain-soaked rural roads when deputies arrested him with drugs and cash last week now faces formal charges.
Steve Alan McAnally, 35, of Oklahoma City, was charged Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court.
He faces felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen vehicle and acquiring proceeds from drug activity, all felonies. He also faces misdemeanors of eluding/attempting to elude a police officer and resisting an officer.
McAnally was arrested by Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Deputies following a muddy pursuit on Jan. 11.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said Lt. Travis Sullivan, driving a sheriff’s office patrol pickup, was watching and patrolling an area on the north side of the county when events began to unfold that led to a chase.
The pursuit involved a suspect driving a 4-wheeler and went into Lincoln County for a time before returning back to Pottawatomie County. Once the pursuit ended, attempts to take the suspect into custody ended with the deputy and suspect covered in mud, with Sullivan getting some unexpected assistance handcuffing the suspect from an oil field worker in the area.
Booth said deputies arrested McAnally on numerous complaints after deputies found 86 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine; deputies also recovered nearly $9,000 in cash during that arrest.
As part of the case, Sullivan said deputies discovered the 2015 4-wheeler involved in the chase was reported stolen in the state of North Carolina back in 2015.
McAnally has been released from the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center after posting a $50,000 bond.
His next court date hasn't yet been scheduled.