HARRAH, Okla. – A routine traffic stop ended with a suspect assaulting a Harrah police officer and then taking off, leading officers on a manhunt.
Corporal Lonnie Beall pulled over the driver around 11 a.m. Wednesday on Harrah Rd. after he observed him swerving.
Cpl. Beall ran the man’s driver’s license and realized he was driving under suspension.
When he tried to place him under arrest, the driver resisted.
“At that point, the driver started backing away from him saying he’s not going to go to jail,” Harrah Police Sgt. James Waller said. “The officer went hands-on with him. They wrestled to the ground. The individual struck the officer in his mouth with his elbow and then got away from him and bolted into the woods.”
The suspect lost his shirt in the scuffle.
Oklahoma City’s helicopter was called in to search and Harrah’s K9, Ajo, was on the job.
A Harrah citizen ended up leading officers to their man.
Wayne Martin said, “He said, ‘Excuse me, excuse me,’ and I turned around and looked and didn’t have a shirt on or anything and he said, ‘Would you happen to have a shirt I could have?'”
Martin and his wife had just gotten home from grocery shopping and the suspect approached him outside his house.
Martin grabbed an old golf shirt and gave it to the suspect.
“He shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you very much and I’ll bring it back to you after I get home,'” Martin said.
Martin then said he became suspicious and went to talk to the officers still along Harrah Road.
Police ended up running down the suspect more than two miles from where he was pulled over.
He’d been running for more than an hour when they finally arrested him behind the pharmacy in downtown Harrah.
In his mug shot, 22-year-old Cody Hale is still wearing Martin’s shirt.
Martin said the young man was very polite and casual.
“Just cool as can be, like he’s done it before or something,” Martin said.
Police said Hale had a Kansas driver’s license and that he was reportedly engaged to a woman in Harrah and had been staying with her.
He also had a Kansas tag on his truck, but police say that tag did not belong to that vehicle.
Hale is now facing charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest in addition to the driving under suspension charge.