Charges filed in high-speed pursuit

A Shawnee man, who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed pursuit through Pottawatomie and Oklahoma counties Oct. 26, has been formally charged with two felonies and eight misdemeanor counts.  Christopher Jay Harrell, 22, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
He is charged with the felony count of eluding a peace officer in a manner that endangers another. He is accused of driving a 2001 Honda motorcycle on Kickapoo Street between West 36th and West 45th Streets when he eluded Deputy Joe McGirt, who tried to conduct a traffic stop.
“The defendant endangered numerous other persons who were using the same roadway … by passing on the right side of the roadway at a high rate of speed, then moving into oncoming lanes of traffic after failing to stop at a red traffic light at the intersection of 45th and Kickapoo Street,” the charge alleges.

In a second felony count, Harrell is accused of running a roadblock at Pecan Grove Road and SH 102 as the pursuit continued.
He also is charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to stop at a stop light at Kickapoo and Kickapoo Spur, and then seven counts of failure to stop at stop signs, located at: Benedict and Leo, Kennedy and Kickapoo Spur, Broadway and Independence, Broadway and Federal, Broadway and MacArthur, Broadway and 36th Street and Kickapoo and West 36th Street, charges allege.
The pursuit continued for more than 30 minutes and ended in Oklahoma County where Harrell allegedly surrendered to state troopers without incident.

Harrell was jailed following the incident but has since posted bond. According to Pottawatomie County Court records, Harrell has been cited for numerous traffic violations in recent years, including reckless driving and speeding.  If convicted of the two felony counts in this case, he could face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 in each count, and/or imprisonment for not less than one year or more than five years.  Each misdemeanor counts has varying punishments upon conviction, such as fines and imprisonment up to 10 days for each violation.

Man jailed for allegedly stealing truck

A Noble man is jailed on numerous complaints including possession of a stolen vehicle after allegedly stealing a pickup in the Bethel Acres area and running it off the road miles away.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies received information late Friday night about a 2007 Dodge pickup being stolen while its driver was in a store at SH 102 and Hardesty Road.

The owner reported he had firearms in that truck, according to scanner reports, so deputies and law enforcement officers were advised to be on the lookout for the truck as a search began.

Deputy Ray Ingram, who was on his way to a call in the southern part of the county, was southbound on SH 102 about six miles south of SH 9 when he encountered a man walking in that area, Palmer said. The man appeared injured.

Upon further check, the man, later identified at Stephen Anderson, 49, had two loaded pistols in his pocket, Palmer said.   A pickup that turned out to be the stolen pickup that authorities were searching for was found a short distance up the road, and there was blood in that vehicle, Palmer said, which was consistent to Anderson’s injuries.  Palmer said the truck was backed into a ditch, so they believe Anderson was driving and lost control of the pickup.

Deputy Mike Carnell responded to take fingerprints from the truck, and deputy Joe McGirt also worked the scene. The owner of the stolen truck confirmed the weapons found on Anderson were from his pickup, the investigator said.

Anderson was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on complaints of public intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property/vehicle and possession of a firearm after former conviction.  Anderson remained jailed Tuesday on $12,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled March 16.  No formal charges have been filed, but the case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.