The Edmond Sun

January 28, 2013

Deputies arrest 3 after high-speed pursuit

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Three metro area residents face a variety of complaints after they led Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase, a spokesman said.

OCSO spokesman Mark Myers said just before 5 p.m. Friday two deputies were at the intersection of Britton Road and North Luther Road when they noticed a white Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a trailer.

Moments after the trailer drove through the intersection, an eyewitness alerted the deputies that the people in the Tahoe were seen burglarizing a home in the 11000 block of North Dobbs, Myers said.

The deputies attempted to catch up with the SUV and eventually made visual contact with the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspects at Britton and Indian Meridian Road, Myers said.

“The driver of the SUV refused to stop and took off at a high rate of speed,” Myers said. “The SUV was recorded driving more than 110 mph.”

Myers said the trailer disconnected from the Tahoe at Post Road and Lejean Drive. Deputies terminated the pursuit due to the fact that the driver was driving into oncoming lanes, and even crashed into a pole, he said.

Myers said the pursuit was recorded by a local news station, and deputies were able to keep track of the suspect vehicle through local news coverage from helicopters. Near East Reno and Sunnylane a deputy was able to catch up to the vehicle, which crashed a second time, and came to a stop on Reno just east of Sunnylane, he said.

The suspects took off running on foot but were quickly apprehended by law enforcement officers, Myers said. One of the suspects was taken into custody after a law enforcement officer deployed a stun gun, he said.

Myers said taken into custody were:

• Wesley Kidder, 24, of Choctaw, who will face complaints of burglary II, larceny of a trailer, eluding a deputy, driving under the influence of drugs (methamphetamine), reckless driving and failure to stop at a roadblock;

• Bethany Hightower, 24, of Oklahoma City, who will face complaints of burglary II and larceny of a trailer; and

• Curtis Spencer, 23, of Choctaw, who will face complaints of burglary II, larceny of a trailer, and he had an outstanding warrant for violation of a deferred sentence.

Myers said all three suspects were taken to the hospital to be checked out and were to then be booked into the Oklahoma County jail.



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