PERRY, Okla. – A Sulphur man was arrested on multiple counts, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brett Wellden led the investigation that resulted in 57-year-old Michael Perschbacher’s arrest.
Prior to his arrest, Wellden received information that a vehicle stolen out of Lancaster, Texas was at a livestock auction in Perry.
Wellden then notified Noble County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Rink, who was on patrol at the time.
The pair confirmed that the vehicle, a white Dodge pickup, was parked at the sale barn.
They continued their surveillance until Rink identified the vehicle leaving the parking lot pulling a large gooseneck trailer around 2 a.m. the following morning.
Rink conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Once stopped, the driver, later identified at Perschbacher, exited the vehicle and met Rink at the rear of the trailer.
Officials say Perschbacher was insistent on keeping the conversation with the deputy at the rear of the trailer and away from the truck.
He attempted to pass off the stolen truck as an older model that belonged to him, and presented an expired insurance card as proof.
A call to dispatch was made and the VIN number revealed the pickup was stolen.
Perschbacher was arrested and transported to the Noble County Jail.
This is not Perschbacher’s first run-in with law enforcement.
In June, he was arrested in Enid after absconding 48 head of sheep from a livestock auction.