The Pryor Times

October 3, 2013

Defendant ‘bipolar sometimes’

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Kara Guthrie, Salina, appeared on the Mayes County District Court initial appearance docket Sept. 16 before Judge Rebecca Gore. Upon being asked Guthrie said she cannot read and write and does not know her social security number.

Guthrie was read her rights accompanying one felony and two misdemeanor charges. She is charged with assault and battery on a police officer.

“On or about Sept. 14, by wilfully and unlawfully striking Nate Cooper, a police officer by throwing a punch and hitting Cooper in the chest; kicking Cooper with her fists and feet with intent to injure him,” according to court records.

Records allege Guthrie pushed Cooper and slammed a door in his face, resulting in a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Guthrie then allegedly resisted the officer, a misdemeanor, by disobeying his commands and fighting him.

Gore stated that count one can carry up to five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and counts two and three carry up to one year each.

Gore set the case on the preliminary hearing sounding docket Oct.10 and ordered Guthrie to appear on that date with an attorney. Per the state's recommendation, bond was set at $15,000. Upon the bond announcement a tearful Guthrie stated that she was on disability.

“I am bipolar sometimes. I'm off my meds right now and my bipolar comes out,” said Guthrie. “I did not hit a police officer.”

Gore told the defendant that was why she needed to get an attorney on board.