A Louisiana jail escapee was captured by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Wednesday morning following a high-speed wrong lane pursuit on Interstate 35.


A Louisiana jail escapee was captured by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Wednesday morning following a high-speed wrong lane pursuit on Interstate 35.

 

Capt. Ronnie Hampton, OHP Troop F, said troopers began searching for the escapee in Oklahoma City after receiving a request for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

“He was reported armed — the pursuit began in Oklahoma City and ended up traveling south on Interstate 35 into Troop F’s area,” Hampton said.

 

During the fugitive’s attempt to evade troopers he managed to cross the interstate and continued his southbound flight in the northbound lanes.

 

“The pursuit was traveling at more than 105 mph,” Hampton said. “At that point our concern was he was going to hit someone traveling northbound.  Rounds were fired into the car in an attempt to disable it. He was struck by one of those rounds and his vehicle crashed in the center median.”

 

But a gunshot wound and a vehicle crash weren’t enough to end the fugitive’s bid for freedom.

 

“He tried to run. He was captured by troopers, who took him into custody and called an ambulance,” Hampton said.

 

The escapee was transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for treatment of a gunshot wound to the right thigh. He is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

 

Hampton said the man’s name was not immediately available and he had no information concerning the reason for the escape’s arrest in Louisiana.