The Pryor Times

September 25, 2012

Woman charged with eluding police

Staff Writer
Ted King

PRYOR — Claudia Elizabeth Taylor, 32, Tahlequah, was in Mayes County District Court Monday,

She was charged as a result of a Sept. 13 car chase and manhunt. She was in the car with Dustin Shirrel, Tahlequah.

Shirrel ran away on foot after the car crashed into a tree. Shirrel was hiding in a field along Oakwood Drive behind the Wal-Mart when he was shot three times and killed.

Taylor is charged with eluding or attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving without a license.

Taylor who was held over for a week at $500,000 bond was formally arraigned Monday. Taylor, who said she had been beaten by Shirrel and forced to drive the car at gunpoint, pleaded not guilty. The case was set on the preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 8. Bond was lowered to $20,000.  

Taylor allegedly was driving a stolen 2001 Hyundai Sonata on Sept. 13, belonging to Phyllis M. Wilson. She was being pursued by Grand River Dam Authority Police Officer Tyler Brown after fleeing from a routine traffic stop.