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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A Midwest City man is behind bars in Logan County after leading deputies on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning.

Authorities said Michael William McCaulla Jr., 31, was targeting a popular corner where people park vehicles to sell them.

A Logan County sheriff's deputy was driving by the intersection of Waterloo and Bryant around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a man at the intersection.

"Saw an individual getting in and out of the vehicle, felt that that was suspicious, tried to make contact with him here in the parking lot," Logan Co. Capt. Richard Stephens said.  He ran to another vehicle he'd brought with him, fled the area south on Bryant."

Deputies chased McCaulla for about 20 miles, sometimes going more than 80 miles an hour.

He finally fled his truck on Smokey Bend Ridge near the intersection of Sara Rd. and N.W. 192 in Piedmont.

"Was apprehended about 100 yards away leaning up against the bottom of a fence in some shadows trying to be hidden," Capt. Stephens said. 

Capt. Stephens said they discovered McCaulla's truck was stolen out of Midwest City back in September and the truck tag had been stolen in Midwest City the night before.

"So the theory is that he was bringing one stolen car to leave here to take another one," Capt. Stephens said. "Maybe he was tired of that one, I'm not sure."

The corner of Waterloo and Bryant is popular with local residents trying to sell vehicles.

Tish Freeman said she has parked and sold several cars at that intersection.

But a few weeks ago, she discovered tires had been stolen off a vehicle parked next to the SUV she was trying to sell.

So she moved her car.

"Didn't want to take a chance," Freeman said.

Julian Cruz and his son, Jose, own the truck that authorities said McCaulla was trying to steal.

They said the ignition is ripped up but that they'll fix the truck and try to sell it again.

"I'm really glad they were able to catch him," Jose Cruz said.

McCaulla is facing several charges, including attempted burglary, eluding police and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Deputies said no one was hurt and no property was damaged during the high-speed chase.