OKLAHOMA CITY — The aunt of a stolen vehicle suspect says she begged him to stop during an hours-long chase.
“I call him just to ask him to see can you just stop? You’re making it worse,” said Ashley Rodriguez. “Everything you’re going to do…you’re magnifying it and just the stress of…he’s going to be shot.”
Rodriguez’s nephew Brenton Hager was taken into custody Friday after a pursuit which began Friday morning in southwest Oklahoma City.
The chase led officials through the metro for more than two hours.
Police say the vehicle Hager was driving was stolen, reaching high speeds throughout the chase and zipping through fields to escape officers.
According to Rodriguez, Hager was released from jail about a year ago.
She says at one point, he was in a maximum security prison in Lawton and described him as filled with “angst” when his family would visit him.
Rodriguez also tells News 4, Hager became a different person when he became addicted to drugs when he was around 18 years old.
“It’s not an excuse but, 100 percent, the drugs. It really takes your soul and you become a completely different person,” said Rodriguez.
During the chase, Hager uploaded a Facebook live video.
On the recording, you can hear him shout out the window: “Hey, hey, you want to see me on a high-speed chase?! I’m in a high-speed chase, bro!”
Rodriguez was on the phone with him, pleading him to stop.
She tells KFOR, he told her he didn’t want to go to Oklahoma County jail.
“He just said, ‘I been trying to do my best and nobody’s there and I don’t want to go to county,” Rodriguez said. “I said, ‘They’re going to shoot you. They’re going to light you up.’ And he said, ‘That’s what I want.’”
The chase stopped near Indian Hills Road and Penn Ave. where multiple police vehicles were on scene; however, Hager would repeatedly drive off and then stop again. At times he even appeared to do donuts in the field.
“A part of me could think is it for attention? I just feel like he wasn’t in his right frame of mind and he was almost like I’m in too deep. I might as well go on and take it further,” said Rodriguez.
He was eventually caught and put into police custody after driving into a pond, leading police on a foot chase and then taken down with a taser.
Warning: This video contains explicit language.