OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t a high speed chase, but Oklahoma City police say their metro pursuit of a suspected burglar Thursday morning was life-threatening. Police say 42-year-old Jason Stark pointed a gun at officers several times during a chase that started near S.W. 44th St. and Harvey Ave. after Stark committed a traffic violation.
“You add the fact that the suspect is now pointing a weapon, it’s not only a danger to the officers, which we accept that danger when we take the job, but it’s dangerous to the public and it’s someone that needs to be taken care of,” Lt. Jeff Lathan said.
Stark eventually crashed his Honda SUV into a gas meter at a house near S.E. 38th St. and Shields Blvd.
Police say he jumped out of the vehicle while it was still rolling, then dropped the weapon on the front porch and ran inside.
He soon surrendered after police surrounded the building.
Also inside, police arrested 25-year-old Corey Turney on a felony warrant.
They say Turney failed to appear in court in McIntosh County for a charge of assault and battery of a police officer.
Stark has been convicted of charges involving stolen cars, assault and battery, firearms possession and eluding police officers.
Thursday he was booked into the Oklahoma County jail for pointing a firearm at another person.