The Edmond Sun

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June 18, 2013

2 officers suffer injuries in drug-related pursuit

Officers seized 19 new cell phones from suspects

EDMOND — Two police officers suffered injuries during a call in which suspects fled in a vehicle and possessed meth, police said.

At about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Edmond Police Officer Chris Brown was traveling west in the 600 block of E. Danforth Rd. when he saw a blue Lincoln Town Car going east, according to an incident report filed by Brown.

When the vehicle made a quick turn south onto Roosevelt St., he noticed the vehicle had a paper license plate, Brown stated. He turned around and attempted to catch up to the vehicle to see if the paper tag was current, the officer stated.

At University Dr. and Kennedy Ave., he was able to determine that the paper tag had expired, Brown stated. The vehicle turned onto University Dr., failing to signal, Brown stated. The ensuing pursuit took the officer in and out of two apartment complexes, along E. Clegern Ave., N. Jackson Ave., E. Lincoln Ave., Shirley Lane, Wayne Ave., University Dr. and Chowning Ave., the officer stated.

Near Bryant Ave. and Carfax Rd., he attempted a tactical vehicle intervention to end the pursuit, Brown stated. On 2nd St., the suspect drove down the center median to Vista Lane, the officer stated.

The suspect cut off several vehicles and went through a gas station, Brown stated. Brown attempted a second TVI, which the suspect anticipated again, the officer stated. On S. Coltrane Rd., the suspect nearly caused multiple collisions, Brown stated. He swerved into oncoming traffic for about a quarter of a mile, nearly causing more accidents, the officer stated.

At S. Coltrane Rd. and E. 33rd St., the suspect collided with a Cox Communications utility van, Brown stated. No injuries were reported in this collision. It did not stop the suspect, but did slow him down, the officer stated.

On S. Coltrane, the officer attempted another TVI; the vehicle spun and struck a curb, jumped it, slid over the sidewalk and grass and struck a tree, ejecting the driver who was wearing his seatbelt, Brown stated.

Brown stated that he and Police Officer Jason Roach pursued on foot. Seeing the suspect was about to try and jump over a fence, Brown deployed his stun gun, hindering his flight, the officer stated. The suspect fell forward and struck his face on the fence before bouncing back, the officer stated.

During the pursuit, a female passenger attempted to bail out of the vehicle, which was moving too fast for her to do so, Brown stated.

While the driver was being handcuffed, he said, “I got warrants,” Brown stated. The suspect, identified as Johnathan Ian Blagg, 37, of McAlester, was transported to OU Medical Center to have the stun gun probes removed and his facial lacerations treated, the officer stated.

It was later discovered the vehicle Blagg was driving was reported stolen out of Oklahoma City, Brown stated.

Blagg was booked on traffic citations of expired tag, failure to signal, driving under suspension, attempting to elude officers, and on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of CDS in a jail, leaving the scene of an accident, obstructing an officer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Brown stated.

The complaints against Blagg follow a prior felony conviction, according to Oklahoma County District Court records. Initial criminal probable cause paperwork has been filed.

The passenger, identified as Jamie Rana Crookshanks, 36, of Edmond, was injured during the collision with the tree and transported to Presbyterian for medical clearance, the officer stated.

In the vehicle, under a sweater which Crookshanks had been sitting, he found a small clear plastic bag containing crystals. It field tested positive for meth, Brown stated. He also seized a backpack containing 19 new cell phones, which were not reported stolen, the officer stated.

At the Oklahoma County jail, jailers found multiple plastic bags of meth in Crookshanks’ mouth, Brown stated. She faces complaints of possession CDS within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession CDS in a jail and obstructing an officer, the officer stated.

The complaints follow a prior felony conviction, according to Oklahoma County District Court records. Initial criminal probable cause paperwork has been filed.

While Crookshanks was being medically cleared at the hospital, Officer Nathan Fountain found a plastic bag containing meth and two meth pipes, Brown stated. She actively resisted Fountain, who suffered a dislocated knee while he was trying to handcuff her before they left the hospital, Brown stated.

During the foot pursuit, Roach sustained a laceration to his right cheek below the eye from a tree branch, Brown stated.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said Roach returned to work the following day. So did Fountain, who was assigned desk duty until he is cleared for other duty, Monroe said.

Monroe said the driver’s actions put numerous others at risk, including the motoring public and the officers. The Edmond Police Department routinely reviews pursuits, which usually begin in a split second, Monroe said.

marks@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 108

 

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