A Vian man pleaded not guilty March 20 to two felony charges for allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase.
Gregory McIntyre III, 23, was charged with endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.
According to a report by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, on March 14, a deputy observing traffic on Interstate 40 near Exit 308 spotted a white Acura and a red Cadillac traveling west on the interstate. The cars were swerving toward each other and driving erratically, prompting the deputy to initiate a traffic stop.
The Cadillac immediately pulled over when the deputy activated his emergency lights, but the Acura, being driven by McIntyre, sped off with the deputy in pursuit. The deputy reported traveling at speeds above 120 mph and still the Acura pulled away from his vehicle.
The deputy lost sight of the Acura, but another deputy soon radioed dispatch that he had found the car overturned just north of East 1050 Road and South 4570 Road.
When the deputy went to talk with McIntyre at the crash scene, the man asked if he was the officer he ran from. When the deputy said yes, McIntyre reportedly bragged that he “ran off and left” the police vehicle and noted that he probably wouldn’t have been caught if he hadn’t wrecked the car.
A subsequent search of the crash scene led to the discovery of a black Ruger .357-caliber weapon on the ground next to the Acura’s passenger’s side.
The charge of endangering others is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to five years. The gun charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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