OKLAHOMA CITY – Two people have been arrested and are facing multiple charges following a police chase in southwest Oklahoma City on Monday morning.
No one was injured during the incident but officers say a move by the suspects at the end of the chase could have injured innocent bystanders.
Authorities spotted a gold Ford pickup truck that had been reported stolen around 11:30 a.m.
When officers tried to pull the vehicle over, the truck took off and led them on a high-speed chase.
After a short pursuit, the chase ended in a neighborhood near S.W. 21st St. and S.W. Grand Ave.
However, officers say the suspects weren’t ready to give up just yet.
The pair jumped out of the running truck while the vehicle was still in drive.
Lt. Ron Northcutt, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “The vehicle was going down the street at a pretty good rate of speed. There were kids and people running around outside. The officer feared for them so he used his vehicle to stop the stolen vehicle.”
That officer was able to bring the truck to a stop in Wayne Benson’s yard.
He says he has lived in the neighborhood since 1994 and originally thought the driver had a heart attack.
However, he quickly realized that wasn’t the case when he spotted the officer in his yard.
Benson said, “When he showed up, I could see him open up that door and I could see there wasn’t anyone in it, it really surprised me.”
The suspects ran from the scene but were found hiding in a nearby creek just minutes later.
Benson says he is ready for the action to be over.
He said, “I want my life to go back to normal. You know, kind of dull and boring.”
SASCO Machine, which owns the stolen truck, relies on the vehicle to transport tools and machine parts.
However, they’re hopeful the truck will be operational soon.
Hector Tovar, with SASCO Machine, said, “We just stay strong, stay together. The trucks will get fixed and we’ll just get on the road again soon.”
The driver of the stolen vehicle is now facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Charges against the second person are unknown at this time.