On Tuesday, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office released dashcam video of their deputies who were involved in a high-speed pursuit last week. The chase took place just after 10 o'clock Tuesday night, January 5.
Oklahoma County deputies were trying to pull over a driver in a light colored truck for speeding. Instead the driver, identified as 28-year-old Brian James Everhart, led deputies on a pursuit that started near I-40 and Council Rd, went down the Kilpatrick Turnpike, and finally came to an end on I-44 near NW 36th St.
“Could have caused a lot of damage, could have hurt a lot of people the way that this suspect was driving,” said Oklahoma County spokesperson Mark Opgrande.
At times the chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Deputies say Everhart ran through several stoplights, and even had a flat tire, but that did not stop him. Deputies tried at least three tactical maneuvers to get him to stop.
At one point Everhart even hit a deputy's car, and on the video, it looks like deputies have him, but then he keeps on going. Everhart starts driving the wrong way down I-44-right into oncoming traffic. Sparks started flying from both the tire rim and the truck tailgate dragging the ground.
The truck finally came to a stop after a deputy performed another tactical maneuver and another deputy hit him head on - in effect pinning him in. But Everhart still refused to give up. The video shows he gunned his engine and even kicked at deputies who tried to detain him. It took a total of three deputies to finally hold him down and cuff him.
“Their main concern is to get this man in custody, in compliance get him to stop fighting,” said Opgrande.
Inside deputies found a gun and holster in the door as well as a bag of methamphetamine.
In all, three deputy vehicles were damaged in the chase, but nobody was badly hurt.
Everhart is now in the Oklahoma County jail facing a long list of charges including both gun and drug possession after former felony conviction, assault on a police officer, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest. Bond is set at $61,500. Everhart is also wanted in two other counties.