Authorities chased a 49-year-old Roland man throughout northeastern Sequoyah County Friday afternoon. The man, Randy Wade Thomas, was wanted on three felony warrants – for domestic abuse, assault and battery; second-degree burglary; and public intoxication.
The warrants were issued in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw on Nov. 28, 2014, after Thomas failed to appear and pay fines.
Thomas was driving a blue Toyota 4Runner, and refused to stop for an officer shortly after 1 p.m. The officer was trying to arrest Thomas on the felony warrants. The chase, at about 50 miles per hour, went east on State Highway 101, then south on State Highway 64B, then circled around and continued west. At one point authorities put out stop sticks on the highways to try to stop Thomas, but he eluded the officers.
Central School was notified that Thomas was headed that direction at about 1:30 p.m., but he changed direction again and drove toward Sallisaw where Sallisaw police positioned themselves at Redwood and Shurley to try to stop him.
Thomas eventually went north on 4650 Road, then west to U.S. Highway 59 and drove north, where he was stopped north of the orchard.
During the chase Thomas talked to the deputies and said he would stop if allowed to speak to his mother.
Thomas was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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