Duncan man charged with eluding officer

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Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Duncan man for eluding police while allegedly intoxicated.

According to On Demand Court Records, Ronald David Baidwan faces charges of endangering others while eluding a police officer and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Reports obtained from the court house indicate around 7:45 p.m. April 26, deputies were patrolling north on 13th Street near Fuller Road when they observed a motorcycle traveling in front of them weaving in the north bound lane when “it suddenly swerves to the right near the edge of the roadway then swerved back to the left across the centerline.”

Deputy notes state they initiated their lights at this time to make a stop near Cherokee Road, but the driver didn’t stop so deputies sounded their sirens just north of the Old Armory on 13th Street. Affidavits stated the motorcycle again swerved in its lane but didn’t slow down.

“When the vehicle neared the connect road north of ASAP General Store, the driver locked his brakes to slow and turn on west toward Highway 81 and went off the road,” reports state. “The driver recovered and turned west and stopped at the yield sign, signaled a right turn, and continued north onto Highway 81.”

Deputies contacted dispatch and advised the motorcyclist wouldn’t stop. Law enforcement identified the driver was wearing “Outsiders Motorcycle Club leather cut” and eventually, the motorcycle began swerving into oncoming traffic headed southbound on Highway 81. Reports state after this, the bike stopped behind a sedan while deputies neared Highway 81 and Bois D’Arc.

Reports show the motorcyclist turned east onto Bois D’Arc and accelerated, approaching a stop sign with his right blinker on, where he failed to come to a stop. According to reports, deputies “could hear the motorcycle engine rev drastically and the driver ran through the stop light at Highway 7 and 12th Street and turned west onto Highway 7 in front of two vehicles.” Reports indicate the bike then headed south, drove in front of a car and continued south on 13th Street.

Reports showed law enforcement first traveled up to 70 miles per hour to keep up with the bike in a 35 mile per hour zone before accelerating to 95 miles per hour in front of the county fairgrounds.

“The vehicle again swerved left of center in front of the Fairgrounds,” reports state. “At 7:51 p.m. the vehicle abruptly came to a stop, sliding it’s front and rear tires at Fuller Road and 13th Street.”

Law enforcement exited their vehicle with guns drawn and pointed at the suspect and asked him to put his hands up, reports state.

Affidavits show the driver looked at the deputy before entering “the open front door of the Biker Club located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Fuller and 13th.” Deputies noticed other bikes in front of the establishment, approached the open door and announced “Sheriff’s Department.” Deputies at this time saw the driver, reports state, who was identified as Baidwan. Deputies observed Baidwan walk toward four other men in the rear of the club, watched him say something to them and then began drinking a beer. At this time, reports state deputies “ordered everyone in the bar to put their hands up and exit the building.”

Reports state Baidwan turned and walked toward the deputy. He was ordered to exit the building, turn away from the deputy and get down on his knees. At first, reports show Baidwan refused until an additional unit arrived, at which time he complied with orders. A K9 unit showed up to help clear the rest of the scene.

Baidwan was placed under arrest at 8:01 p.m. He was released on a $100,000 bond. Baidwan is set to return to court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. June 12.

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