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Police chase suspect accused of stealing firefighter’s truck


CHOCTAW, Okla. — A Midwest City man is behind bars for allegedly stealing a firefighter’s truck.

The suspect was also involved in a chase with two different law enforcement agencies.

About 9 a.m. Thursday, Choctaw firefighter Donnie Lewis noticed that his personal vehicle was missing from the parking lot behind Station #1.

A thief was caught on tape stealing the 2002 black Chevy pick-up by surveillance cameras set up on the property.

Authorities were on the lookout for the vehicle when the victim’s brother-in-law, Ty Roberts, an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy, spotted the stolen truck driving on N.E. 23rd St.

Deputy Roberts tried to pull over the suspect vehicle and the driver took off.

The chase ended near N.E. 21st St. and I-35.

The suspect gave himself up.

Police say the man behind the wheel of the stolen pick-up was James Gwin, who turned 27 years old on the day of his arrest.

According to Department of Corrections records, Gwin was just released from prison July 5.

Gwin has a long list of prior convictions including several charges for stealing a vehicle and possession of stolen property.

Choctaw Police Chief Connie Clay intends to request criminal charges against Gwin for the theft of the vehicle and a felony charge of eluding police.