A handcuffed suspect in Oklahoma reportedly escaped custody, stole a four-wheel ATV, and led police on a high-speed pursuit before crashing Tuesday evening.
“A Jones (OK) officer was transporting a prisoner to the Oklahoma County Detention Center on charges of grand larceny,” Officer David Cagle of the Jones Police Department told KFOR. “Basically, [being held on] suspicion of stealing catalytic converters and copper wire and things like this.”
But Jones Police say the suspect, now identified as Lucas Strider, got the door of a patrol unit open and escaped into the woods where he reportedly stole the ATV.
He was then later spotted in Edmond and Edmond Police started a pursuit.
“We lost him for a little bit. Ended up picking him back up and the pursuit continued. It went into Oklahoma City’s jurisdiction, back into Edmond. Ultimately, we ended up in Logan County, outside of our jurisdiction,” said Emily Ward of the Edmond Police Department.
The ATV reached speeds over 70 miles per hour and police used tactics that force him into a mud puddle where he wiped out and then surrendered.