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Sunday, May 24, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Joe Doshier attempted a traffic stop for a vehicle traveling north on Highway 69 going 78 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
Officer Doshier activated his emergency lights, but the vehicle failed to stop. The officer pursued the vehicle as it slowed to 20 miles per hour, turning west onto Virginia Avenue. The driver continued down the street, turning onto Cedar Street and then Clarice Avenue; turning into the Cedar Ridge Apartments and coming to a stop.
The driver, later identified as Chelsea Strickland, 24, of Atoka, was advised to exit the vehicle. Strickland got out of her vehicle and was placed under arrest. She immediately started screaming she needed to get her child out of the vehicle.
Officer Doshier placed Strickland in the back of his patrol unit and returned to the vehicle. The child, who was in the back seat not properly buckled into a child safety seat, was released to a grandparent along with the vehicle.
Located inside the vehicle was a blue plastic container with a small amount of a green leafy substance and a burnt marijuana cigarette.
Strickland was taking to the Atoka County Jail and booked for speeding 78 in 55, attempting to elude, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, and child endangerment.
Charges were filed on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 for attempting to elude a police officer (misdemeanor), and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor).