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February 14, 2011

Man arrested after fleeing from Muskogee police

A Muskogee man may be charged with attempting to elude after leading law enforcement officers on a nearly hour-long chase Monday.

Russell Wayne Bingham, 43, fled after deputies attempted to detain him outside his apartment at 2222 Haskell Blvd.

Bingham was booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Facility for failure to obey a lawful order and attempting to elude, Deputy Eddie Walker said.

Bingham is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip there may have been drug activity at Bingham’s apartment. Strange smells were coming from the apartment at night, according to the tip.

Deputies set up an observation post. Deputy Gary Smith, of the Muskogee County Drug Task Force, was across the street when Walker walked out of the residence. Smith said Walker had a white plastic bag in his hand.

Smith, who was in uniform, told Walker to stop. Walker said Bingham looked at Smith and echoed, “You need to stop,”

Bingham fled and deputies called for police assistance. Muskogee Police Capt. Frank Hardcastle said about four or five police units joined the search.

Bingham was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. at a friend’s house in the 2200 block of Hayes Street. When Bingham was captured, several police officers had shotguns drawn.

A witness told police Bingham had gone into the house on Hayes Street. Another witness told police Bingham may have had a gun, but later said it could have been something else in Bingham’s pocket, Walker said.

“If he had a gun, he handed it off to somebody somewhere — we looked in every trash can from Hayes Street to Haskell Boulevard,” Walker said.

No plastic bag was found either, Walker said.

Tony Goetz Elementary School was locked down for more than an hour while officers chased Bingham.

Bingham crossed York Street once during the chase but was not seen outside the school, officials said.

Reach Donna Hales at 684-2923 or dhales @muskogeephoenix.com.

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