Logan County prosecutors filed felony charges on Thursday on the driver behind a multi-county, nearly hour-long pursuit the day before. Deputies arrested Candice Powell, 37, on Wednesday after she went airborne and spun out on a rural Logan County dirt road.
The chase started after Oklahoma City police attempted to pull Powell over on a traffic stop near Northwest 122nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Was not any type of major crime or felony crime,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “Just a simple traffic charge.”
Powell refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit. Police decided to pull back as she entered the interstate during rush hour traffic. Logan County deputies took over as she drove further north.
“As soon as it crossed onto Waterloo, some of our guys started responding to that area,” said Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux.
At one point Powell stopped for gas at a Conoco gas station near the intersection of Waterloo and Sooner Road. Roger Halverson was not on duty when the suspect came through but was watching the chase on TV.
“When I saw that she pulled in here and looked like she was getting gas,” said Roger Halverson, gas station employee. “And came into my neighborhood which I live behind, just blew me away.”
He suspected the woman thought she could out run the law.
In fact, court records show Powell has a lengthy criminal history. She has multiple felony convictions and had a court appearance in drug court hours before the chase.
Powell was taken into custody by Logan County after she turned onto a dirt road and lost control. Powell also rammed a deputy's truck in an attempt to get away.
“The vehicle’s not stolen,” said Devereaux. “She probably because she didn’t have a driver’s license she didn’t want to be stopped.”
Powell is charged with one count of attempting to elude and endangering an officer, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of driving without a driver’s license. She will also face a traffic charge in Oklahoma City.