Sheriff: Man arrested after high-speed chase walks free, wanted once more

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SPENCER, Okla. - Spencer police are once again looking for the man behind the wheel of a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon, despite having him in custody when the chase ended, a spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office told NewsChannel 4.

Deputies apprehended two suspects with the help of Bob Moore Chopper 4 and pilot Jon Welsh, who kept the men in sight, even after they evaded police.

"The sheriff’s deputies were able to get both those suspects into custody, and then we transported them back to Spencer so the Spencer officer could conduct his investigation," said OCSO Spokesman Mark Opgrande. "During the course of their investigation, from what I was told, it was determined that they were going to let this individual go."

It's not clear if that decision was an accident, but Opgrande was told Spencer PD was still actively looking for the man.

NewsChannel 4 stopped by the police station Thursday and left several messages for the chief to ask why the suspect had been released.

Those messages were not returned.

There were no arrest warrants pertaining to the situation at the Oklahoma County Courthouse Thursday afternoon.

Spencer police told Opgrande the second suspect was cited for trespassing.

Opgrande said he was proud of the cooperation that enabled the departments to bring the men, at least temporarily, to justice.

"It’s great to have this cooperation with law enforcement and also with media, too," he said. "With the help of Jon Welsh and Bob Moore Chopper 4 were able to help our dispatchers relay that information to our deputies on the ground who were able to make the arrests on those two individuals."

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