Multiple Murray, Garvin County agencies engage in high-speed pursuit

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Multiple Murray and Garvin County agencies engaged in a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 20, Davis Police Department Chief Danny Cooper said an off-duty Pauls Valley firefighter notified Davis police of a truck matching the description of one that had been reported stolen.

“He was driving home when he noticed a red pickup parked there at the Finish Line (gas station) there in Davis. It looked like a truck that was stolen in Pauls Valley,” Cooper said.

Two Davis officers reportedly arrived on scene and began running the vehicle’s tag information. “As they were running the tags the guy got spooked and took off. They chased him west out of Davis on Highway 7, reaching speeds of up to above 100 mph,” Cooper said.

DPD Assistant Chief Dee Gregory said the driver, later identified as 20-year-old Trace Lynn Prosise of Purcell, attempted to cause an accident by brake checking the officers during the pursuit.

Prosise reportedly turned onto a road paralleling I-35, near the Treasure Valley Casino, and continued for about four miles before crashing through a fence and driving through a pasture.

Cooper said officers attempted to follow him on the main road and Prosise’s vehicle became disabled behind a veterinarian clinic — at which point he reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot.

The Murray County and Garvin County Sheriff’s Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and two National Park units assisted the Davis Police Department in locating Prosise after he took off on foot.

“The National Park Service has a tracking dog and they started tracking him once they arrived,” Cooper said. “At about 11 a.m. the guy had made a phone call to have someone come and pick him up. He tried making it back up to the highway and one of the troopers observed it. That’s when he was taken into custody.”

Prosise is currently facing Murray County felony charges for assault with a dangerous weapon due to his attempts to cause an accident and aggravated eluding of a police officer. His bond is set at $100,000 and an initial court appearance is scheduled for March 19.

Prosise also has previous charges out of Garvin County for unauthorized use of a vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property and driving while under the influence of drugs.

Gregory said further charges could have been avoided if Prosise had complied with police. “There’s no need for any of that. At the end of the day, if you’re putting people’s life in danger, you're going to face charges anyway.”