4 of 5 lawsuit plaintiffs have had run-ins with ‘the law’

  • Run-ins with ‘the law’

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four of the five plaintiffs suing eastern Oklahoma prosecutors, district courts, county court clerks, and municipalities have collectively had numerous encounters with law enforcement agencies.

• Tayleur Raye Pickup, 24, of Pryor, is known to law enforcement officers and court personnel in two counties.

He was charged with escaping from a Pryor police officer in October 2016, and two months later was cited for failure to appear to answer the misdemeanor charge. In June 2017 Pickup pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in the Mayes County Jail.

In July 2017 he was convicted in Mayes County of possession of a stolen vehicle, a charge that was filed in 2015, and was sentenced to five years in prison. State Department of Corrections records reflect that Pickup entered the state prison system in November 2017 and was discharged in December 2018.

In October 2019 he pleaded guilty to obstruction of a Pryor police officer and was sentenced to 40 days in the Mayes County Jail.

Pickup was notified on August 24, 2020, that he owed the court system $1,581.50.

Two months later he was cited in Cherokee County by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for speeding, having no driver’s license in his possession, and failure to use a seat belt. Those charges were still pending on November 25, state court records indicate.

• Chanda Lynelle Butcher, who lives in Locust Grove, was ticketed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for failure to wear a seat belt while traveling on Interstate 44 in Lawton in 2014. She paid a $10 fine plus $10 in court costs, records indicate.

The Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN) also reflects that since 2000 she has been convicted in Mayes County of 11 traffic violations (four times for failure to wear a seat belt while driving), a misdemeanor bogus-check charge, and has been named in three small-claims cases.

• Crystal Lee Leach, 39, of Salina, a Cherokee of 1/16th degree Indian blood, has been in and out of the Mayes County district court multiple times in the last 12 years.

OSCN records show that she pleaded guilty in 2008 to speeding; pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) in 2010 to failure to wear a seat belt while driving, pleaded nolo contendere in 2012 to improper right turn, and pleaded nolo contendere to speeding in 2018.

In 2019 she was arrested by Grand River Dam Authority police on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs; fines and fees for that offense came to $1,597. After failing three consecutive drug tests Leach was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.

• Lindsey Reanna Butcher was ticketed last year by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and not wearing a seat belt while driving on SH-82 in Mayes County. She pleaded guilty and was fined $60 plus court costs, records show.