(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man accused of breaking into three cars in three different church parking lots during religious services has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Friday for trial court arraignment on those charges, as well as ramming his vehicle into a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car four months later when he was arrested.
Regarding the church parking lot burglaries, Joseph Lee Rolan, 38, told Cushing Police Sgt. Matt Piatt, “What I did, I know wasn’t right to do. I just felt desperate from not having a job. No matter, it was wrong and I am truly sorry,” an affidavit alleged.
Rolan, who remains jailed on $40,000 total bail, waived his right on Feb. 1 to preliminary hearings on three counts of car burglary and one count of assault and battery on a police officer. If convicted of all four felony counts, Rolan could be incarcerated for 26 years. If convicted of a misdemeanor count of attempting to elude, Rolan could be given a one-year jail term.
Rolan has been accused of breaking into a 2005 GMC in the Church of Latter Day Saints parking lot at 1500 E. 9th Street in Cushing on Aug. 13, 2018. Rolan has also been accused of breaking into a 2008 Chrysler in the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 530 S. Little in Cushing on Aug. 26, 2018, when he also was accused of breaking into a 2007 Lincoln in the First Church of God parking lot at 501 N. Noble in Cushing.
Rolan had been sought for about six weeks at the time of his arrest on Dec. 28, 2018, at 4:37 a.m. at Cypress and Central Streets in Cushing, following a car chase after Payne Sheriff’s Deputy Chris McKosato attempted a traffic stop when Rolan’s Dodge Durango left the roadway on Highway 18 and Fairlawn Road, an affidavit alleged.
“As we entered the Cushing city limits, the Cushing Police Department joined in the pursuit, Sgt. Piatt and MPO Haywood,” according to the deputy’s affidavit.
“The vehicle ran several stops signs on Pecan,” at the intersections of Steele, Noble, Harrison, Cleveland, Central and Seay, the deputies’ affidavit alleged.
“As we approached the intersection of Pecan Street and Depot Road, I observed the vehicle lock up the brakes and slide into the ditch on the west side of the road. I placed my vehicle directly behind the suspect vehicle and started to exit my vehicle, as I believed the vehicle was struck between my car and a fence,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“As I exited my vehicle, the driver placed the suspect vehicle in reverse and backed into my patrol vehicle. As I was getting back into my vehicle, the driver continued to press on the accelerator causing his tires to spin and start to push my patrol vehicle backwards. I held the brake down and placed my vehicle in drive and pushed the suspect vehicle back towards the fence.
“The suspect vehicle drove forward through the fence and around a light pole. My patrol vehicle has damage to the brush guard from the collision. I continued to pursue the vehicle northbound on Depot Street along with the Cushing officers. Cushing MPO Haywood was now lead car. The suspect vehicle turned north until it reached Cypress Street.
“The suspect vehicle turned back east on Cypress Street and ran several stop signs until it continued off road at the intersection of Cypress Street and Central Street.
“MPO Haywood continued pursuit of the vehicle and I went to the south side of a small tree cluster to cut the vehicle off. I observed the vehicle get struck in the tree cluster and MPO Haywood and Sgt. Piatt made contact with the driver. Sgt. Piatt informed me the driver, later identified as Joseph Rolan, was in custody,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
Four months earlier, in August three different women had reported to Cushing police that their cars were burglarized after a window had been broken out, according to affidavits.
In one case, a woman’s purse — hidden under the front seat in her locked vehicle — contained her bank card, which was taken and then attempted to be used at various stores, Cushing Police Officer Justin Sappington wrote in an affidavit.
In a written statement, the defendant allegedly said, “I, Joseph Rolan, broke into a vehicle and took a purse. From the purse, I used a credit card to purchase fuel. I apologize for what I did. I was desperate, but it wasn’t right. I’m sorry,” the affidavit said.
“Rolan gave details of each burglary and admitted to committing all three. Rolan stated he used a wrist rocket (sling shot) to break the windows with a nut or bbs,” the affidavit alleged.
In another case, a woman’s purse containing two bank cards and a $100 bill were stolen, Piatt’s affidavit said. Her bank cards were used at various stores in Cushing, the affidavit alleged.
In a third case, a woman’s car in a church parking lot was burglarized of two cosmetic bags, Piatt wrote in another affidavit.