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July 3, 2010

OHP trooper arrests Colorado escapee in Enid on traffic stop

ENID — An escaped Colorado convict was arrested this weekend after driving recklessly on Enid streets.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Josh Byrd pulled over Rickey Hunter on the corner of Willow and Rockwood at 2:30 a.m. Saturday after Hunter allegedly failed to use his turn signal twice and nearly had failed to stop at a stop sign. Byrd administered a field sobriety test, which Hunter failed, and gave the trooper a fake driver’s license and Social Security card.

Byrd said the IDs belonged to an old Oklahoma law enforcement officer and the pictures looked nothing like Hunter, who continued to insist they were his. Byrd eventually found Hunter’s real ID hidden in the back of his wallet.

Hunter was arrested and is being held in Garfield County Detention Facility while he awaits a court hearing Tuesday. He faces charges for driving under the influence, operating a vehicle with a canceled driver’s license and displaying identification documentation with false information with the intention of misleading a peace officer, which is a felony.

Hunter told Byrd he had been living in Enid with his mother for a few months and was on his way home when he was arrested. Prior to escaping from a minimum security facility in Colorado, Hunter was serving a four-year sentence for felony larceny.

After he officially was charged for his traffic offenses Saturday night, he was to be transported back to Colorado, where he faces separate charges.

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