Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kentucky Fugitive Eludes Police, Companion Arrested

Reyanne Katrina Vivian, 36, of Danville, KY, is escorted to a Sallisaw police car after her arrest Monday evening after a pursuit that reached 135 miles per hour on Interstate 40. Roland police are issuing a warrant for her companion, Jerry Michael Conley, 42, of Hillsboro, KY, who fled from authorities in Sallisaw. 

Roland Police Chief Tommy Sessums said their encounter with the Kentucky couple began at about 5 p.m. Monday when Roland Police Officer Christian Goode attempted to stop Conley for a traffic violation. Sessums, said, "He attempted to stop the car at Highway 64 and I-40. They just went through the light and took off." Goode gave chase and the pursuit went west on the interstate, at about 135 miles per hour, Goode said. Sallisaw Police put out spike strips at the first Sallisaw exit, going west. The spikes eventually caused a tire on the rental car to blow out, but only slowed the pursuit to about 80 miles per hour. Sessums said Conley exited I-40 at the west exit and drove behind the Walmart store, then fled on foot into the grassy field behind the store.

Sallisaw police, the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined in the search for the couple and Vivian was apprehended at about 5:30 p.m. by officers stationed in Village West. Sessums said Vivian cooperated with police, and identified Conley. Sessums said he did not know why Conley fled from police, but suspects it was because he was due in court for charges against him in Kentucky. Authorities searched into the night for Conley, but did not find him.

"He had a head start on us, and just ran from ditch to ditch," Sessums said. "We looked for him most of the night."

Sessums said Roland police are getting a warrant for Conley's arrest for driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, attempting to elude, and failure to stop for a road block. When finalized those charges will be filed through the district attorney's office. Vivian faces possession of marijuana and drug charges, which will be filed in Roland.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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