Stolen Oklahoma Highway Patrol Unit Leads Law Enforcement in Chase
On Saturday night, Feb.6, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol unit was stolen during a vehicle turned foot pursuit that lead law enforcement in a chase. Two troopers were injured during the chase - a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. The suspect is now in custody.
According to a press release by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, it started just before 5:30 p.m. when an OHP trooper was in pursuit of a black Dodge Charger with a paper tag on the Will Rogers Turnpike eastbound between Vinita and Afton. The suspect vehicle struck stop sticks that had been set up near the Miami gate. The suspect's tire deflated and he exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Troopers pursued and at some point in time, the suspect stole an OHP unit and continued eastbound on the turnpike.
The suspect crossed over into Missouri, hitting a Missouri Highway Patrol unit. That trooper sustained unknown injuries and was transported to the hospital. The suspect eventually struck stop sticks set up by Missouri Highway Patrol and was taken into custody.
After the suspect was taken into custody, it was discovered that an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper had been struck as well. He was exiting his unit to apprehend the suspect and was accidentally struck by a Missouri Highway Patrol unit. The OHP trooper was also transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The trooper injured in Saturday night's pursuit has been identified as Trooper Micah Gibe. Trooper Gibe is a 7 year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He was treated and released from the hospital, according to OHP.
M&M towed the vehicles.
Billy Wade Photojournalist, Key News Network