(Stillwater, Okla.) — An ex-convict, who previously lived in Cushing and Drumright, has been ordered to appear in court on May 7 on charges of stealing a 2008 Ford Mustang on March 6 and then on April 4 with driving a 2007 Chevrolet without a license plate into two patrol cars and attempting to elude law enforcement, all in Payne County.
David Lee Higgins Jr., 38, who was listed as homeless on his charges, remains in the Payne County Jail on $120,000 total bail, court records show.
Due to his criminal record, Higgins could be given as much as four life prison terms plus $40,000 in fines if convicted of car theft on March 6 and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer along with one count of attempting to elude law enforcement, all on April 4, after former felony convictions, court records show.
In his latest case, Higgins was charged with attempting to elude law enforcement by speeding and endangering other motorists in rural Payne County from 19th and State Highway 108 to Fairgrounds Road and 122nd on April 4 when he was arrested, court records show.
Higgins was also charged with driving a 2007 Chevrolet without a license plate into patrol cars driven by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Staley and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Long on April 4, court records show.
An arrest warrant for Higgins had been issued in Creek County on March 26 on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, eluding or attempting to elude a police officer, and obstructing an officer, all in Drumright, court records show.
According to records from Creek County District Court and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Higgins was previously convicted of:
* assault and battery with intent to commit a felony in Drumright in 2016 for which he was placed on three years’ probation;
* assault with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County in 2014 for which he was given a three-year prison term and served about 16 months prior to his release in November of 2015.