OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say a man who was considered a dangerous fugitive is finally off the streets.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been searching for a driver who led them on a high-speed chase through northwest Oklahoma City since last Thursday.
Officials say at one point in the chase, someone in the car fired a gun multiple times at troopers.
Francis Jones, the alleged driver, was arrested Sunday night in northwest Oklahoma City.
Lt. Brian Orr, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said, “The people in that vehicle tried to kill a state trooper. We’re not going to sit back and say that’s okay. We’ll catch you. We’ll find you and we’ll throw you in jail.”
Jail is exactly where Francis Jones now sits.
Troopers say Jones, also known as “Ray Ray,” was driving along I-40 last Thursday when a trooper tried to pull him over.
Orr said, “The trooper observed a traffic violation, he saw the vehicle weaving. When he activated his emergency equipment, that’s when the pursuit ensued.”
The pursuit ended near Rockwell Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. but authorities say Francis Jones escaped.
On Sunday night, troopers, along with Oklahoma City police and the U.S. Marshals, caught up with him outside of a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex.
Orr said, “He [Jones] stopped and looked at him. Once he recognized the trooper, he took off running and the trooper exited his vehicle and was able to run him down and catch him.”
This is not Jones’ first run in with the law.
Court records show he has faced charges in the past for numerous issues, including burglary, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest.
Troopers say they are glad to have him off the streets.
Orr said, “We don’t take any crime lightly.”
Troopers took Jones into custody on charges related to outstanding warrants.
Charges relating to last week’s chase are still pending.
Specific charges will be decided by the district attorney.