High-Speed Pursuit On SB I-35 Ends In Norman; Suspect In Custody

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 10:24 pm
By: Brieon Sumlin, Clayton Cummins

A suspect is in custody following a high-speed pursuit Tuesday on Interstate 35.

The suspect, identified as James Edward Dailey, 22, reached speeds of at least 130 mph during the chase.

The chase started in Stillwater, Oklahoma, authorities said.

Stillwater Lt. Kyle Bruce said just after 2:30 p.m. officers assisting the Payne County Sheriff's Office tried to pull Dailey over for a traffic violation on I-35 at mile marker 170.

When the officer asked Dailey to exit his car, police said he slammed his door shut and drove away.

Due to heavy traffic, Stillwater police and deputies terminated their pursuit of Daily south on I-35 and Memorial Road as speeds reached 100 mph.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined in to assist Stillwater PD once the chase reached Logan County.

Troopers said they were able to catch up with the suspect near the I-35 and I-40 interchange.

The pursuit came to an end on North Flood Avenue just south of Tecumseh Road in Norman.

An OHP trooper performed a TVI maneuver that caused the suspect to crash into another vehicle.

“Once we were able to secure him and get him into custody, we found that he had a loaded firearm inside the vehicle and a large amount of drugs,” OHP Trooper Eric Foster said.

Daniel Worthing works for a paper shredding company near the crash site. He stopped what he was doing when he heard a commotion outside.

“It’s definitely crazy. I’ve seen some crazy things in my life but that, I’ve never seen a hot pursuit before,” Worthing said. “I always watched it on tv but for it to happen in my eyes, that’s wild.”

The driver of the second vehicle was not injured, troopers said. His vehicle sustained minor damage.

Dailey was taken to the hospital before being booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center.

Troopers said he’ll likely face a slew of felony charges.

“This just shows that even when there is no one behind them pursuing, they (chase suspects) still drive recklessly,” Foster said. “That is why it is paramount importance for us to be able to get them quickly and end it like we are trained.”

Troopers said there is a warrant out for his arrest.