The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance in locating witnesses or motorist who were affected by the pursuit on Monday July 24th, 2017 at approximately 1:30 PM. During the event deputies witnessed the suspect driving erratic in excess of 100 mph and in the oncoming lane of traffic running citizens vehicles off of the roadway. The pursuit began in Tecumseh and traveled southbound along numerous roads ending just south of Asher. When the suspects drove through Asher they ran the stop sign at HWY 39, traveling southbound in the north bound lane on Hwy 177, at a high rate of speed not slowing down and nearly hit a passenger car. If you know of someone or you were one of those motorist / witness to the pursuit, especially the driver in the intersection who was almost hit in Asher, please contact Captain Chad Pope at 405-275-2526.
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Tecumseh Police Department along with the Pottawatomie County Sheriffs Office are in pursuit of a stolen vehicle from Ardmore. The vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed now southbound from Highway 59 on Highway 177 on rims. Please use extreme caution and avoid the roadway at this time.
Update: 7/24/17 2:00 p.m. Hwy 177 and Cooke Drive inside Pontotoc County. 5 are in custody and one on foot in the woods. One on foot described as White male, Red Hair, Black pants.
Update: 7/24/17 2:05 p.m. all suspects are now in custody.
Law enforcement officers in both Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties are still on the lookout for a person wanted for questioning in connection with two pursuits relating to stolen vehicles and trailers Monday night. Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty reported the pursuit began in Pottawatomie County as deputies tried to stop a pickup towing a stolen box trailer. Dougherty has identified the driver they are still looking for as David Carter of Meeker. A passenger in the vehicle, identified by deputies at Eric L. Grimm, 24, stayed inside the vehicle and was taken into custody by Pottawatomie County deputies, Dougherty said. He said the stolen vehicle was recovered, while a manhunt commenced for Carter.
The pursuit entered Lincoln County on 3440 Road and continued north, he said. About one mile south of SH 62, officers set up road blocks, but the vehicle continued. A bit farther north, Dougherty said Meeker Police Officer Matt Willis was okay after the pickup clipped that officer’s leg while he attempted to deploy more stop sticks. Before that, the driver allegedly swerved his vehicle toward a Pottawatomie County sheriff’s unit occupied by a deputy. The pursuit came to an end more than a mile later where the roadway ends, with Carter reportedly fleeing the vehicle on foot, Dougherty said. Formal charges have not been filed against either. Grimm is now jailed on a complaint of knowingly concealing stolen property. Two tracking dogs were used to search for Carter at the end of pursuit before Midnight. About 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, a Ford pickup with attached flat-bed trailer was reported stolen in the general area, Dougherty said. Pottawatomie County deputies located it and began a pursuit of that stolen vehicle within 15 minutes of the report, but lost sighting, Dougherty said. That stolen vehicle was recovered in the Earlsboro area Tuesday, with case reports pointing to Carter also being connected to that vehicle as well, Dougherty said. Anyone with information about Carter should contact authorities.
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.