Suspect sought in overnight manhunt in Seminole County

A report to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol late Tuesday evening of a reckless driver in Pottawatomie County led to an overnight manhunt just inside the Seminole County line near the intersection of EW 1160 and NS 3520. The manhunt was called off about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday without any immediate arrests made. Lt. Joe McGirt of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department, along with a Sac and Fox officer, were the first on scene at the location where the manhunt began. McGirt said the initial call to OHP was from a man who said he was driving southbound on SH 9A off Interstate 40 when he noticed a white pickup traveling recklessly in the same vicinity. OHP transferred the call to Pottawatomie County’s 911 call center, while the caller remained on the phone advising authorities on the location of the suspect vehicle. “While he was still on the phone, he reported he went around the suspect,” McGirt said, adding the caller reported the suspect’s pickup rammed his vehicle, also a white pickup.
The caller returned to following the vehicle and while traveling eastbound on SH 3E and turning on to SH 99A, reported the suspect vehicle again rammed the caller’s vehicle. Both vehicles continued on SH 99A eastbound before hitting a dirt road, labeled 1160 EW. On that road, the suspect vehicle attempted to ram the caller’s vehicle an additional time and the suspect lost control of his vehicle, which rolled over and landed in a nearby lawn, McGirt said. He said the caller initially told authorities the suspect pointed a firearm at the caller before running southeast into a field. Later, upon further questioning, the caller said he “had never seen a gun but the guy looked back and it looked he pointed something at him,” McGirt said. Sheriffs for both Pottawatomie and Seminole counties visited the scene to set up a perimeter and to block off the area and begin a search for the suspect. Several other Pottawatomie County officers were called to assist at the scene, including two K-9 officers and a tactical team, McGirt said. The K-9 officers began looking for the suspect in the field, he said. “They tracked him into the field southeast of the wreck,” McGirt said. “He came out across the road and the K-9s lost his track on the east side of the road.” McGirt said further investigation will be handled by Seminole County authorities and possibly OHP. In addition, he said information gathered by those authorities led to the issue of a warrant for the arrest of the suspected driver. McGirt said he did not have any additional information regarding the suspect’s or the caller’s identities. Chris West, OHP public information officer, said Seminole County will continue the investigation and that OHP was involved only to assist as needed during the initial incident. Attempts to reach Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith were unsuccessful late Wednesday.