BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. – Officials have released the dash cam video from a 2015 pursuit that left a trooper seriously injured.
On December 19, 2015, Trooper David McCutcheon was attempting to pull over Marcus Smith after noticing Smith made an illegal turn and his tags were expired.
However, Smith wouldn’t stop and instead, he took off.
“Began a treacherous, a very dangerous pursuit,” Trooper McCutcheon told KXII of the five-mile long chase. “Speeds in excess in 150 miles per hour.”
At one point during the pursuit, Trooper McCutcheon used a tactical move with his vehicle to stop Smith. Smith then crashed, but Trooper McCutcheon’s vehicle also crashed, which then caught on fire and caused him serious neck and back injuries.
“What happened that night endangered so many people,” said Trooper McCutcheon. “The majority of the pursuit was in oncoming traffic.”
Trooper McCutcheon was flown to a Plano hospital and is still recovering.
“Everything seems to be going good just a few more tests on my neck,” he said.
Smith was arrested and found guilty on several charges. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
“While we’re not able to render a sentencing as troopers, I feel that justice was served in this case,” Trooper McCutcheon said.
The trooper says he has underwent a couple of surgeries for his back the past two years. He’s hoping to get approval to get back to work in the new year after a neck check-up.