OKLAHOMA CITY – A man adds more charges to his previous criminal record after he was taken into custody following a brief police chase Tuesday afternoon.
The end of that pursuit creating a sea of police lights in the parking lot of Advantage Battery near the intersection of Melrose and Rockwell.
The chase stemmed from a carjacking case in Amarillo, Texas.
“A stolen vehicle taken in their city had been tracked to our jurisdiction,” explained Lt. Isaac Goodman with Oklahoma City Police. “The victim obviously had some sort of tracking device on the vehicle.”
Lt. Goodman explains the GPS system gave metro officers a location for the vehicle, but they also were told by the Texas investigators that the car thief is believed to be armed with two guns, and is believed to have made threats against law enforcement previously. The Dually Flatbed pickup truck was located in a metro parking lot.
“Officers didn’t get close enough to determine if it was, in fact, the one they were looking for before the suspect got in that vehicle and pulled out of the parking lot,” said Lt. Goodman.
Police say the driver, now identified as 46-year-old Dennis Shawn Rae, refused to stop when police tried to pull him over. With the help of a police helicopter, and stop sticks that deflated the tires, Rae stopped the stolen truck into the battery store’s parking lot.
Employees at the family business had a front row seat to all of the action.
“All of a sudden, I turn around and six cops were rolling through,” said employee Tyler Pratt. “He actually almost hit one of our customers. He had just bought a battery and was walking out. When we saw all the cops roll in, we were watching it and they had their guns drawn.”
No weapons were found in the truck or on Rae’s person. Police say when they approached, Rae was slumped over the wheel. Even after firefighters checked his vitals, he appeared unconscious in the back of a squad car.
“He pretended that he was having some sort of medical episode and didn’t want to communicate with us once he was in custody,” said Lt. Goodman. “But he was driving just fine two blocks ago. Officers had to get him out of the vehicle. They laid him on the ground and handcuffed him.”
Rae was taken to the hospital, then to the Oklahoma County Jail.
Rae’s connection to Texas, if any, is unclear. Police say in addition to his criminal record in Oklahoma County, he has an Oklahoma ID.
Court records show Rae had been previously arrested in another case of driving a stolen vehicle. He now faces additional charges for tried to elude police and possessing a stolen vehicle.