A pursuit with speeds approaching 100 mph ended with an arrest Friday afternoon near Arcadia Lake, police said.
Edmond Police Officer James Hamm said at about 5 p.m. Officer Ben Daves attempted to make a traffic stop in the vicinity of 33rd Street and Interstate 35. Instead of complying, the suspect attempted to elude police, Hamm said.
During the pursuit, which mainly occurred along and east of I-35, the suspect’s speeds reached 95 mph and 100 mph, according to scanner traffic. At two different places it is believed the suspect threw something out of the vehicle, a ’90s model Chevy pickup, Hamm said.
The pursuit continued on 15th Street, east of I-35, Hamm said. The suspect turned onto a dead end street and when he tried to back up, the pickup became stuck in a ditch, he said.
At that point, Larry Young, 40, of Guthrie, got out of the pickup and was taken into custody without further incident, Hamm said. The suspect, who was not injured, was arrested on complaints of DUI, attempting to elude, transporting an open container and destruction of evidence, Hamm said.
At about 5:30 p.m., officers were looking for anything illegal that was tossed out, Hamm said. At about 6 p.m., officers may have found a beer can that was thrown out of the car, Hamm said.
Instead of doing the right thing, complying with the officer, the suspect made a bad decision and put the lives of officers and the motoring public at risk, Hamm said. While the Police Department does not like engaging in high speed pursuits, an intoxicated driver is no longer on the streets, he said.
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