UPDATE: Man accused of hitting deputy is in custody following manhunt

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UPDATE: Officials say a manhunt that lasted throughout the day on Tuesday is finally over.

Authorities say Danny Hopkins, who was accused of hitting a sheriff’s deputy with his car, is in custody.

 

WELLSTON, Okla. - A massive manhunt still underway at this hour for a man accused of running over a deputy.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says they were called to assist in a manhunt around 9:05 a.m.

Authorities say the man they are looking for is Danny Hopkins, who was last seen in the Wellston area.

Danny Hopkins

Danny Hopkins

The Lincoln County Sheriff says a deputy was called to the River Bridge after a man was allegedly parked in the middle of the bridge.

Authorities say the deputy found the man slumped over the steering wheel. When he tried to speak with him, he says the man was "messed up out of his head."

When he told the man to get out of the truck, he says the man tossed what he believed to be drugs in the river.  That is when the officer tried to handcuff him.

However, he only got one handcuff on before the man threw the truck in reverse. The door knocked the deputy down and the truck ran over the deputy’s right arm.

Investigators say he was dragged about 20 feet.

At the height of the search, there were about 40 officers involved at four different search locations.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter was flying above while K-9 teams were tracking Hopkins on the ground.

Hopkins is a white male who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a blue ball cap.

He is believed to be on foot.

As for the deputy, the sheriff says he is alert and is expected to make a full recovery.

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