Austin Ryder Ernst, 22, of Sallisaw is facing felony charges after police say he helped his brother escape a federal warrant, ramming a pursuing police vehicle in the process.
Two marshals were attempting to serve a warrant for distribution of methamphetamine to Matthew Dylan Ernst, who was living with his girlfriend, Marcisa Brown on North 43rd St.
The marshals observed Matthew Ernst and Austin Ernst get into a red car and drive out of the driveway, taking a “hard look” at the marshals’ truck. The marshals activated their emergency lights and sirens, attempting to pull the car over. The driver, Austin Ernst, failed to stop at a stop sign at 43rd and Gibson, the marshals reported, turned left and drove into the Riverside Trailer Park. During that time, marshals noticed Matthew Ernst was sticking his feet out of the passenger window of the car, as if he was going to jump out.
The marshals placed the front left side of their truck on the passenger door to prevent him from jumping out. Austin Ernst, however, slammed his car into the truck in an attempt to create distance to allow his brother to jump out, the marshals reported. He then turned his car away at an angle where Matthew Ernst could jump out and run away, followed by a marshal and a Muskogee Police officer.
Austin Ernst told marshals his brother “wouldn’t let him stop,” according to an affidavit filed with the case. A K9 officer lost Matthew Ernst’s scent at the Arkansas river.
Austin Ernst is charged with felony assault and battery with a deadly weapon and eluding or attempting to elude a police officer.