Man jokes with police after crashing allegedly stolen truck

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A man was arrested after what should have been a simple traffic violation that turned into a high speed chase around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

Buddy Welch, 44, was driving a gray Ford F350 that he borrowed from another man just a few hours earlier, when an officer tried to pull him over for following another car too closely.

Knowing he had warrants out for his arrest, Welch drove northbound on May Ave., reaching speeds of 90 mph. He then turned eastbound onto Dorchester Dr. , and that’s when he crashed into a wooden fence.

A witness told police that he saw the suspect run into a backyard of a nearby private property.

Dennis Owens, 39, arrived to pick up his damaged vehicle, and told police that he let Welch borrow the truck for a few hours, but he never returned it. So Owens called the man, who works for Owens as a vehicle body repair mechanic, and told him that he was going to call police and report his truck as being stolen.

Upon his arrest, Welch told police that he had nothing to do with the truck, and was only running from police because of his outstanding warrants.

The suspect was apologetic toward the officer. He even joked about how he found a cozy spot next to an A/C unit that was blowing hot air in a backyard that he was hiding in, and that he should have just stayed there until the authorities left the scene.

Welch was transported to the Oklahoma County jail and is being held on charges of attempting to elude, embezzlement, following too closely, speeding, and driving under suspension.

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