A juvenile driver was taken into custody after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase at speeds over 100 mph.
It was around 2 a.m. on November 27 when an officer watched a truck, with passengers, run a stop sign at the intersection of Elm and Rock Island in El Reno.
The truck began speeding through construction.
“The driver of the vehicle refuses to yield to the emergency vehicle, increases speed and makes an attempt to elude police officers,” said Major Kirk Dickerson, Assistant Police Chief at the El Reno Police Department.
Officers eventually catch up as the suspect runs a traffic light and multiple stop signs. An animal was nearly hit during the chase.
“The pursuit extends for approximately 16 to 17 miles at speeds, not the entire time, but speeds did reach over 100 miles per hour, up to 130 miles per hour in particular areas,” said Dickerson.
Yukon Police and Canadian County deputies assisted, helping bring the chase to a safe end. Officers and deputies quickly learned they were dealing with juveniles in the vehicle.
“They were able to get in front of the vehicle, deploy stop sticks, which are tire deflation devices,” said Dickerson. “They were successful in that deployment which caused the suspect vehicle to eventually slow and come to a stop.”
Dickerson said he’s not sure why the juvenile suspect ran from police with passengers in his vehicle.
In body camera video, an officer asked that question. The juvenile suspect responded, “I don’t like cops.”
Following the lengthy chase, Dickerson said he’s thankful nobody was seriously hurt.
“We were very lucky that we were able to conclude without injury to suspects, passengers, officers, or public at large,” said Dickerson.
The juvenile suspect behind the wheel was the only individual in the vehicle arrested.
He was taken to Gary Miller Juvenile Detention Center in El Reno.