Alleged truck thief capitalizes on cold weather, leads police on high-speed chase

Posted on: 3:39 pm, February 11, 2014, by

NORMAN, Okla. – His morning began like many others.

Donald Koontz started his work truck to warm it up, then went back inside to refill his coffee.

“Less than three minutes,” Koontz said. “Walked out the door, turned the porch light off, went to lock the door and I looked and said ‘What?’ My truck was gone.”

Koontz immediately called police, who found the stolen truck a few miles away.

Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said “They tried to stop [the driver] at I-35 and Indian Hills and the vehicle did not stop and the pursuit was on.”

The alleged driver of the stolen truck, 20-year-old Glen Gregory, led police on a high-speed chase along I-35, with speeds reaching almost 100 miles per hour.

Koontz said, “From what I listened to on that officer’s radio, he was zigzagging out of traffic and on the shoulder of the road, trying to get away. And some innocent 5-year-old kid could have been killed and that would have grieved me.”

Police say Gregory finally bailed out of the truck at S.W. 59th St. and Walker.

Shortly after that, authorities were able to arrest him.

Koontz says he is glad he got his truck back and hopes Gregory learns a lesson.

“I just hope he finds, before he goes to his grave, he finds the Lord,” Koontz said. “He needs to find the Lord and quit doing that.”

“Ultimately, what you’re down to is that it only takes a few seconds and the vehicle is gone,” Easley said. “This particular victim did absolutely the right thing. He notified us quickly.”