The man who led police on a three-hour chase on November 10 is facing eight charges. On Tuesday, Brenton Hager’s attorney was at the courthouse to represent him at a preliminary hearing conference.
Kyle McCallum from McCallum Law Office in Hugo made the trip to Cleveland County to meet with the district attorney’s office. He told News 9 that Hager’s friend called him during the chase.
The pursuit started in Oklahoma City after a stolen truck was spotted. The chase ended when Hager backed into a pond in Cleveland County and ran from law enforcement. An affidavit from the Cleveland County Courthouse details a deputy’s account.
“I deployed my taser hitting the defendant in the back and the buttocks,” he wrote.
Hager was then taken into custody.
Brenton Hager’s charges include:
McCallum said Hager wrote a letter in jail. He released it to News 9.
"I want to apologize to my family, friends, local law enforcement and all those who were negatively affected by my recent actions. I understand that I will have to face the consequences of those actions. I am grateful that the officers involved handled the situation in a professional matter. At no time did I ever intend to put any other drivers or officers in danger. I know that there are no words which can make things right with the people that were harmed by my actions. I cannot apologize personally to anyone of while I am incarcerated but at some point I hope that I will not only be able to apologize in person but I will be able to make amends. I cannot explain why I made the choices that I did on that day. I guess I could blame it on fear, or selfishness, or just wanting a few more moments of freedom. At the time I just didn’t care I didn’t care if I lived long enough to be locked in a small cell for the indefinite future. But truthfully, I am so grateful that no one was hurt by my selfishness and that I am here today. I am grateful knowing that at some point I will have the opportunity to spend time with my family again.
Any promises that I make to be a better man will likely fall on deaf ears. After all, everyone looking at prison time promises to be better if given a second chance. So all I can say is that I am truly embarrassed by my actions. And I am hopeful that whatever my punishment is that each person who cares about me gives me a chance to prove that my recent actions aren’t an indication of the person that I can be."
Hager’s next court date is set for January 16, 2018.
Check out Hager's handwritten letter below: