By Alisha Thompson
A pursuit ended in a crash when the driver attempted to outrun law enforcement when a traffic stop was initiated. The driver of the vehicle and passenger were ejected and sent via helicopter to hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas.
Officer Randall Carter noticed a Jeep traveling north bound across Honey Creek Bridge on Oct. 4 close to 10 p.m. Officer Carter remembered a Jeep matching this description had been stolen from Mill Creek. When running the vehicle’s plate, Officer Carter noted the Jeep traveling left of center at what he said appeared to be a high rate of speed.
Officer Carter was able to catch up with the vehicle and he radioed Murray County dispatch to let them know about the pursuit, ask for assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) and notify his supervisor.
The pursuit on US Highway 77 South reached speeds of 90 mph. Officer Carter’s report said the suspects turned off US Highway 77 South and onto I-35 south bound at mile marker 47. Officer Carter continued in pursuit of the vehicle where speeds reached 111 mph.
OHP Trooper Zane Shores took over the as lead in the pursuit near mile marker 35 and used a tactical vehicle intervention.
The first attempt to stop the vehicle was unsuccessful. The second attempt made contact with the suspects rear passenger side and caused the rear tires to lose traction. Officer Carter said the vehicle slid into the center median, rolling and landing on the passenger side.
It is unclear who was driving the Jeep because both occupants were ejected.
Angela Lewis, 41, of Tishomingo, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. She was later transported by AirEvac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.
Jared P. Eastman, 24, of Sulphur, was transported by CareFlight to Medical City Denton in Denton, Texas. He was admitted in serious, but stable condition, with trunk and head injuries.
Trooper Shores was not injured in the pursuit.
The vehicle was confirmed stolen through the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department as the stolen vehicle from Mill Creek.
By Alisha Thompson