Police have arrested a Cushing man after he was found driving a stolen truck that was being used to deliver Christmas hams.
Jacob Clifford Cushenberry, 18, was arrested after he led police officers on a pursuit in the stolen truck Thursday night. According to the Cushing Police Department, officers went to check on a house located in the 300 block of East Greenlee Street, after they received a tip that the stolen Ford F150 truck was being driven by Cushenberry.
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According to police, officers saw the stolen pickup parked in the back of the home when they arrived. The officers said they heard the pickup door shut as they were walking to the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Cushenberry, began driving the truck when he saw police. He allegedly drove through a yard before driving onto Pecan Street in an attempt to elude police.
Officers were able to pursue Cushenberry to the 200 block of West Cypress Street, where the truck was found abandoned in the middle of the street. According to police, the officers identified a house in the 1200 block of North Seay Street as a possible location for Cushenberry. Police said the people in that house allowed officers to search the home, and Cushenberry was found hiding in the attic of the house.
Cushenberry was arrested on two outstanding Payne County warrants. According police, the bench warrants were connected to crimes of driving under the influence, and assault and battery.
Cushenberry was also charged with attempting to elude police, operating a vehicle without a valid license, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was taken to the Cushing Jail Thursday night, and was later transported to Stillwater Friday morning by the Payne County Sheriff's Department.
The pickup truck, which was stolen from the 100 block of South Hough Street Wednesday, was returned to the owner Friday morning.