Man charged with assault after Tuesday pursuit

Antwan Harrison

A man faces charges after allegedly fleeing law enforcement officers and nearly hitting a McAlester police officer’s vehicle on Tuesday.

Antwan D. Harrison, 39, of McAlester, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly swerved his vehicle with intent to do bodily harm at the vehicle MPD Officer Dustin Nash was driving, according to the charge filed Tuesday by the District 18 District Attorney’s Office.

Harrison also faces charges of felony endangering others while eluding, along with five other misdemeanors which resulted from the pursuit, documents state.

According to a police report filed by MPD Officer Colby Barnett, the pursuit began after he observed a vehicle Harrison was driving run a stop sign and the vehicle failed to stop for Barnett after he activated his emergency lights.

When the pursuit turned south on Ninth Street, Nash was traveling north on the street when “the driver swerved at Sgt. Nash and came within inches from hitting Sgt. Nash,” the report states.

Barnett wrote in his report that Harrison led police through parts of south McAlester before Harrison exited the vehicle on East Cherokee while it was still traveling “15-20 mph” before It crashed into a tree.

Harrison then ran into some woods before running into a residence located on the 900 block of East Cherokee Avenue; that is when Barnett deployed his Taser and struck Harrison’s left hand before Harrison slammed the door in the officer’s face, the affidavit states.

Barnett said in the report he was able to open the door before Harrison could lock it and tackled the man in the living room of the residence and that Harrison had to be tasered as he would not give up his hands to officers.

After Harrison was taken into custody, officers found a red tin containing two clear plastic baggies that field tested positive for methamphetamine, needles, and a glass pipe.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections records show Harrison was currently under the supervision of ODOC’s probation and parole services after being released from incarceration on a 2010 Pittsburg County District Court charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school/park/child.

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