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Tree branch, even the ‘last tree in the universe,' not legal tender at Oklahoma County jail

By Aaron Crespo Modified: March 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm •  Published: March 8, 2010
The Oklahoma County sheriff's department arrested an Oklahoma City man who broke out a window at the county jail after being told he couldn't use a stick to pay for charges to be dropped, a department spokesman said.

Spokesman Mark Myers said Rondell Bailey, 37, was doing donuts with his truck in a parking lot near the Oklahoma City Civic Center when he hit a trash can, making the truck go high center and get stuck. Bailey then walked to the Oklahoma County jail, where he walked in with a tree branch he claimed was the last tree in the universe and tried to use the stick to pay for charges to be dropped.

A reserve deputy told Bailey the county didn't accept trees as payment and Bailey walked outside, picked up a landscaping brick and broke a window on the east side of the jail lobby.

Bailey went across the street to the U.S. Marshals office, then back to his truck where he was arrested, Myers said. Deputies found a baggie containing a white, powdery substance believed to be methamphetamines.

Bailey was taken in on complaints of destruction of property and possession of a controlled and dangerous substance inside a penal institution. has disabled the comments for this article.