Okla. County Judge Sets Wanted Man's Bond At $500K

Thursday, July 9th 2020, 5:07 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce

An Oklahoma County judge came down hard on a man who was on the run from the law.

Judge Ray Elliott set the accused drug dealer's bond on Wednesday at $500,000 dollars.

Authorities said Louis Austin, 34, is not a stranger to the Oklahoma County jail.

His crime spree in Oklahoma County started in 2012 when he was arrested after a high-speed pursuit along the Northwest Expressway. Austin ditched the car and law enforcement found him hiding in a hotel room along with drugs, guns and ammunition. 

Austin has been in and out of lock up and has continued to rack up felony charges.

His most recent charges include trafficking methamphetamine and possession of heroin and marijuana.

At the time, Elliott dropped his bond to $150,000 but put conditions on his release, including making him wear an ankle monitor.

However, he violated it three times by not keeping the equipment charged in an attempt to hide from authorities.  

“Once you get a couple chances from him you’re gonna have to start paying the piper so to speak,” said Mac Mullins of the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

Mullins said a bail bondsman surrendered Austin to the jail and the wanted man went before Elliott once again. This time, the judge ordered Austin to be held on a $500,000 bond.

“He’s not complying with anything even the judge’s conditions,” said Mullins. “So it’s set high because he’s not doing anything.”

County officials wonder if the high bond will end Austin's lengthy crime spree for good.

“He had already had a couple chances to comply,” said Mullins. “But it’s just that he doesn’t want to.”

News 9 did speak to Austin's attorney David Slane but he did not have a comment at this time about the case.