A Tahlequah man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Tahlequah to Sequoyah County is now facing two criminal charges.
Weylin Thompson was arrested Feb. 15 on U.S. Highway 59 in Sallisaw and charged with endangering others while attempting to elude a police officer, a felony, and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.
The Sallisaw Police Department and the Oklahoma State Police were among several law enforcement agencies involved in the chase.
Oklahoma State Troopers heard about the chase and started toward the location, where they saw the suspect pass by Highway 59 and State Highway 101 traveling approximately 100 mph through that intersection.
The SPD had placed stop sticks near Military Road north of Sallisaw and the suspect’s tires blew out when the vehicle hit them. The vehicle then traveled off the left side of the road and struck an electric pole and water meter. The crash led to a brief power outage in Sallisaw.
When law enforcement officers made contact with Thompson, he was reportedly very intoxicated and could barely talk. He refused to take a sobriety test, saying it was not necessary. Pafford EMS later took Thompson to Northeastern Health System Sequoyah for treatment.
Thompson’s bond was set at $15,000. The felony charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. The misdemeanor count carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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