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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/01/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




HEARING SCHEDULED FOR SUSPECT IN DRUG AGENTS' DEATH


A hearing is slated for July 11, 2006, to determine if the suspect in a state drug agents' death should be returned to prison. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Agent Choc Ericsson died November 18th, 2005 from a severe head injury. Ericsson, assigned to the OBN Woodward District Office, was trying to detain and investigate a combative driver when he was run over as the suspect tried to flee the scene, according to Mark Woodward, Spokesman for OBN. Woodward says the defendant, Leslie Don Vance, had reportedly been under the influence of methamphetamine for several days prior to his encounter with Agent Ericsson.

"This would likely explain Vance's aggressive and violent behavior that evening. Meth is an evil drug that makes users paranoid and unpredictable. Agent Ericsson is a hero. He confronted Vance who was on a rampage that night. I have no doubt Choc protected many innocent people who would have been in Vance's path that night."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

At the time of the incident Vance was serving a 28 year suspended sentence. Woodward says the July hearing will determine if the suspension should be revoted and Vance be placed back in the custody of the Department of Corrections. District Attorney Ray Don Jackson has assembled a prosecution team to assist him with this revocation hearing and possible future charges that might be filed as a result of OBN Agent Ericsson's death.