Two arrested after high-speed pursuit in Marshall County

Sierra Rains
Mario Ponce

Two individuals were arrested in Marshall County after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended on a dead end road.

At around 6 a.m. Thursday morning Marshall County Sheriff Danny Cryer said the sheriff’s office received a call from a man in Ardmore regarding a stolen vehicle.

“He had a GPS tracker on his company vehicle so he could tell where the vehicle was at — that’s why he had called us,” Cryer said.

The GPS tracker placed the vehicle in the Oakland area of Marshall County. Cryer said a deputy was sent to locate the vehicle and as soon the vehicle was in his sight the suspects sped off.

Officers from the Madill Police Department located the vehicle a short while later and initiated a pursuit on Highway 99C towards Lebanon. “Speeds were in triple digits several times so it was a pretty involved chase,” Cryer said.

The suspects, later identified as 18-year-old Mario Ponce of Madill and a juvenile, then turned on Powell Road and went down a dirt road near Highway 32.

“Anybody from that area knows that that’s a dead end road,” Cryer said. “When they went down there I knew the only choice they would have is to try to run that truck through a field and get it stuck or to jump out and run on foot.”

Cryer said he positioned himself at the junction of Highway 32 and Highway 99C as the suspects got out of the vehicle and attempted to run from Madill officers on foot. About 45 minuets later, Cryer said he spotted the two suspects walking down Highway 32.

Ponce and the juvenile suspect were taken into custody for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Ponce may face an additional charge for eluding.

Cryer said he commends the teamwork between the sheriff’s department and the Madill Police Department on the case. “It was definitely successful due to cooperation with both agencies.”