A speeding driver who led an Edmond Police officer on a short pursuit on South Broadway early Thursday morning has already been released from jail.

According to police reports, an Edmond officer initially clocked 23-year-old Erik Jon VanHofwegen of The Village traveling 56 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone. When the officer attempted to stop the driver, VanHofwegen allegedly accelerated and sped south on Broadway, running a red light at 33rd Street and increased his speed up to about 90 mph, according to the police report.

The driver then made an abrupt stop just south of Memorial Road, the police report stated. When VanHofwegen stepped out of his car, he smelled strongly of alcohol and he admitted to having “a couple of beers,” according to the report.

VanHofwegen claimed he did not see the officer’s flashing lights, and he did not answer when asked why he was speeding, according to the report.

A breath test showed VanHofwegen had a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit, the report stated.

He was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and attempting to elude a police officer. He was transported to the Oklahoma County Jail and released from custody Thursday afternoon.

VanHofwegen was previously arrested by the Mustang Police Department in 2003 for drunkenness in a public place, obstructing an officer and malicious injury to property.


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