Charges filed against chase suspect

Staff reports

A man police said tried to conceal himself in a tarp after a chase has been charged with two crimes.

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Aaron Bilyeu of Durant was charged Wednesday with felony endangering others while eluding a police officer and misdemeanor driving under suspension.

The incident began at approximately 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to an affidavit by Durant Police Officer Brandon Carbaugh.

Carbaugh was parked in the parking lot of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints on Sunny Meadows Drive when he observed a vehicle that had a damaged windshield and the driver was not wearing a properly adjusted seat belt. According to the affidavit, the driver, later identified as Bilyeu, turned onto Chaparral Drive. Carbaugh activated his sirens and drove after the vehicle that then turned onto Meadowlark Lane. The car went eastbound through a chain link fence into a pasture.

The car, according to the affidavit, went off of a 12-foot creek bank and the driver exited the vehicle and ran away. Officers then set up a perimeter.

Carbaugh walked through the brush and walked up on what appeared to be an abandoned campsite where he saw a tarp that he thought an individual could roll up inside. He drew his service pistol and then noticed a boot sticking out from the bottom of the tarp. Carbaugh ordered the person to show his hands which he did. Carbaugh then placed handcuffs on the man that he recognized as Bilyeu. When other officers arrived, they helped Bilyeu to his feet and took him to the Bryan County Jail.

Carbaugh then went back to the abandoned car where he found a cell phone on the floorboard. According to the affidavit, the phone rang and Carbaugh answered it. A female asked, “Who is this?” Carbaugh then asked who she was calling and the female said, “Michael. This is not Michael.” Carbaugh then said, “No, this is Officer Carbaugh with the Durant Police Department. Michael is in the Bryan County Jail.”

According to the affidavit, the woman replied, “He is never gonna learn, is he?”

Carbaugh later spoke to a resident in the 500 block of Meadow Lark Lane who informed him he was outside when the driver drove across his driveway and that he could have been hit. Bilyeu also had a warrant from a prior charge of feloniously pointing a firearm, according to the affidavit.

In other crimes, 27-year-old Charles Jess Murphy Jr. of Durant was charged Wednesday with felony assault and battery upon a police officer. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Durant Police Officer Scott Seiber responded to a trespassing call at Family Dollar on North First Avenue.

According to the affidavit, Seiber found the suspect, later identified as Murphy, walking northbound on North Fourth Avenue. He refused to give the officer his name and was non-compliant. Other officers arrived and when Seiber attempted to detain him, Murphy struck Seiber on the left side of his head, the affidavit states. Master Patrol Officer Andrew Piper then deployed his baton and struck Murphy on the left shoulder area which caused him to fall to the ground. After treatment by Bryan County EMS at the scene, Murphy was booked into jail.

In other news, a man was killed Wednesday after his pickup rolled on East Highway 70 at Bennington. Additional details were not available at press time.

From police and court reports.

Staff reports

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