An attempted traffic stop in Sallisaw Tuesday night resulted in a high-speed chase through parts of Sequoyah County and ended in the DUI arrest of a former local school teacher.
Capt. Jeff Murray with the Sallisaw Police Department said officers attempted to stop a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Hubert Bagley, 77, of Sallisaw, traveling westbound on Lenington Road for defective vehicle equipment at approximately 7:39 p.m. when the driver suddenly sped up, turning northbound onto Farm Road, then turning westbound onto U.S. 64.
Four Sallisaw patrol cars continued to chase the suspect toward Vian, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, according to Murray. Before reaching Vian, the chase went north on Tower Road, then back to U.S. 64, when the suspect turned eastbound toward Sallisaw. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol eventually took over the pursuit.
“About halfway through, we requested OHP to take over since it was outside our jurisdiction,” Murray said. “We were unfamiliar with the roadways.”
OHP continued to chase the suspect for reckless driving and suspected intoxicated driving eastbound on U.S. 64 toward Sallisaw. The suspect turned northbound on Dwight Mission Road and OHP troopers were able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver without any injuries after an approximate 30-minute pursuit.
Trooper Adam Wood with the OHP Public Information Division said after the suspect’s vehicle spun around from its forward path due to the maneuver, the subject then got out on foot and ran from the vehicle.
After a brief foot pursuit, Bagley was taken into custody by the OHP and was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail on charges of felony eluding and felony DUI.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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