DAVIS — An early morning pursuit southbound on Interstate 35 from Moore to Davis on Tuesday ended without injury but not before the suspect started a grass fire and kept officers at bay for about an hour.
Both the north and southbound lanes of I-35 were closed about 3:20 a.m. after the suspect’s car crashed. However, the abrupt stop didn’t end the chase, which began when a trooper attempted to stop the driver for what apparently was a routine traffic violation in Moore.
Capt. Allen Henry, commander of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop F in Ardmore, said the pursuit went southbound through Norman, where police officers joined the chase. Stop sticks at Purcell didn’t slow the suspect, but a second set at Exit 55 near Davis did.
The motorist crashed into the barrels in the center median, and attempted to leave.
“Troopers shot out his back tires. He again tried to leave, driving on the rims, which started the grass fire,” Henry said.
The driver remained in his vehicle, refusing orders to step away from it. Henry was able to talk the suspect into surrendering about an hour after the crash.
“He was not hurt. He was taken down and handcuffed and he was returned to Moore,” said Henry, who had no specific information as to why the man refused to stop when the trooper tried to pull him over.
No one was injured, but traffic came to a standstill that more than 3 hours for drivers headed both north and south. The Department of Public Safety said the interstate was closed in both directions 3:24 a.m. The northbound lanes reopened about 6:50 a.m. and the southbound lanes at 7:10 a.m.