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Belligerent suspect sprayed

After rollover accident on SH 74


Purcell Police were forced to use pepper spray to subdue a belligerent suspect after a rollover accident on Carl Stokes Road and SH 74 December 7.

Police were called to the scene where a white F-250 pickup crashed, overturning 1/2 times and striking a mail box owned by Dawn Howard at 23405 SH 74 just before 1 p.m. that Wednesday afternoon.

A male was seen running from the truck. Police found the subject, later identified as Joshua A. Blunt, 36, of Foster, OK.

Officers on the scene said they could smell the scent of alcohol coming from the suspect and in the cab of the pickup.

A Glock 23 pistol was found inside the vehicle with a bullet in the chamber and two magazines in the cab.

Officers Kyle Mobley and Jeremy Pittman were originally dispatched to the scene but were soon joined by officers Josh Van Oort, Cassie Lewis and Captain James Bolling due to the situation.

A background check determined Blunt had a felony conviction on his record so possessing a firearm was just another charge he was facing in addition to DUI.

After Blunt was transported to the police station and placed in the holding cell, he was yelling profanities and not following commands when he ultimately had to be pepper sprayed to be subdued.

Wadley’s and Purcell Firefighters were called to the scene where they attempted to flush his eyes. Ultimately Blunt had to go through the decontamination shower at Purcell Municipal Hospital before being placed in the McClain County Detention Center.

The vehicle Blunt was driving belonged to Bruce Sloan Tires where he had been doing some work.

Blunt is facing numerous charges in McClain County District Court, including driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage, driving with a license cancelled or suspended or revoked and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.


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