08/07/2023 Stop Stick News: High-Speed Pursuits, Standoffs, 12 year old car thief and a stolen Tesla – 30 Pursuit Stories From Around the Country

August 21, 2023

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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3 In Custody After SW Oklahoma City Vehicle Standoff Oklahoma

by David Griffin

Three people are in custody after a vehicle standoff that happened Sunday in southwest Oklahoma City, police said.

Oklahoma City Police said they responded to the scene near Southwest 40th Street and South Villa Avenue in reference to a truck parked in the street.

When police approached the driver’s door, they said they saw the driver, who appeared to be passed out, had a handgun in one hand and a magazine in the other.

Officers then backed away from the vehicle before they realized the vehicle was involved in another incident where the driver flashed a gun at a bar, police said.

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Man charged after chase in stolen pickup truck in Oak Brook Illinois

Daily Herald

A man has been accused of fleeing Oak Brook police in a stolen pickup truck.

Jaqhuan Simpson, 21, of the 800 block of North Broadway Street in Joliet, is charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.

Prosecutors Monday asked for bail to be set at $125,000, but DuPage County Judge Brian Telander set it at $10,000. Simpson will need to post $1,000 to be freed pretrial.

Oak Brook police say that at 2:11 a.m. Sunday, they joined Oakbrook Terrace police in pursuing a 2022 Dodge Ram TRX vehicle at 22nd Street and McArthur Drive. The vehicle was reported stolen in Naperville the day before.

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Spike strips stop fleeing suspectTennessee

by Staff Report

A chase through two counties ended after deputies deployed spike strips, stopping the suspect cold.

The driver, Charles Frank Vehonsky, was taken into custody without injury. He was charged with: felony evading, felony possession of methamphetamine, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

“Another person tried and failed,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department declared on the capture of the fugitive. “You can’t outrun radios, cooperating agencies, and determined officers.”

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Teen arrested after stolen car stopped with spike strips north of Chico California

by Kelli Saam

CHICO, Calif. – A 16-year-old faces a series of charges after Chico police said he led officers on a chase in a stolen car early Monday morning. Officers used spike strips to stop the vehicle on Cohasset Road at Richardson Springs Road.

The 16-year-old driver was taken to juvenile hall for possession of a stolen vehicle and evading officers.

The incident started around 12:45 a.m. Monday when police spotted the stolen vehicle at Cohasset and East Avenue. The vehicle took off north towards the town of Cohasset.

Police called off the pursuit when they got out of radio range. They said at some point the driver dropped off several other teens who were in the car with him.

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West Allis police chase, Milwaukee driver arrestedWisconsin 

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – A West Allis police chase ended with the arrest of a Milwaukee driver, 32. Police posted video of the chase on social media Monday, Aug. 7.

According to police, third-shift officers on routine patrol near 116th and Greenfield saw a vehicle with tinted windows and expired registration, and when they tried stopping the car, the driver took off.

Stop sticks were deployed, and police said the driver appeared to hit them.

The driver eventually abandoned the vehicle after the 5-mile chase and took off running. He was soon arrested, and police learned he was a convicted felon.

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Watch Police Deploy Stop Stick, Attempt PIT Maneuvers To Stop Tesla Arkansas

by Dan Mihalascu

A Tesla was involved in a dramatic police pursuit on July 12 on Interstate 40 near West Memphis, Arkansas.

Two Tesla drivers were reportedly racing each other on the highway when local law enforcement was called for help. Arkansas State Police Trooper James Collins went in pursuit of the two EVs, but after one of the Teslas took an exit ramp, he continued to chase down the other, a Model Y.

The pursuit was captured by the police car’s onboard camera and the footage reveals how recklessly the Tesla driver acted and how a potentially major crash – if not more – involving innocent road users were miraculously avoided.

It didn’t take too long for Trooper Collins to get close to the Tesla Model Y after the EV blasted past him. After two minutes of pursuit, the Tesla drove over a stop stick deployed by another police crew, but things didn’t end there.



WATCH: Man leads police on chase through Clovis, Fresno – California

by Michael Tellez

A man was hospitalized after a police chase through Clovis and Fresno Sunday morning.

According to the Clovis Police Department, officers were called out to a home in north Clovis for reports of a family disturbance and a man making several threats to family members.

When officers arrived, they attempted to talk to the suspect, but he took off in a car.

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Georgia police arrest man they say rammed patrol car after vehicle chase – Georgia

OAKWOOD, Ga. — A vehicle chase involving a stolen vehicle ended with a man arrested in Hall County, according to Oakwood police.

Hall County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip that a stolen Gwinnett County vehicle was seen in a Walmart parking lot in Oakwood.

When officers responded and found the car, they saw the driver leaning over the steering wheel.

When he saw the officers, the man drove away. Units followed in pursuit and the driver, later identified as Michael Patrick Walker of Jefferson, rammed an Oakwood patrol car and hit four other vehicles belonging to private citizens, according to police.

The chase followed Walker south on I-985 from Mundy Mill, reaching speeds of 84 miles per hour. The Oakwood officers were unable to use a PIT maneuver to stop the car.

Officers from Flowery Branch were able to assist, getting in front of the chase and put out spike strips, according to officials.

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High speed chase nearing an hour long leads to Arkansas man’s arrest Arkansas

by Cory Evans 

An Arkansas man was arrested Tuesday after leading authorities on a 51-minute high-speed chase from Van Buren County to Searcy County.

A Searcy County Sheriff’s Office official stated that Phillip Anthony Price, 50, of Van Buren County, was arrested and charged by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office with failure to appear, fleeing, and first-degree battery.

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell stated that a high-speed pursuit that began in Pee Dee near Shirley, Arkansas, in Van Buren County at 9 a.m. ended in Searcy County at approximately 9:51 a.m.

According to Cassell, the chase started after an assault happened in Van Buren County, and Price fled the scene in a Chevy Tahoe.

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Mich. woman arrested after high-speed chase Australia

A Plymouth, Mich. woman faces several charges after a high-speed car chase in Ottawa and Sandusky counties that started around 7 p.m. on July 30 in Portage Township.
Heidi M. Schmidt, 29, is being held on charges of fleeing and eluding from law enforcement, felony assault on a peace officer, misdemeanor endangering children, operating a vehicle while impaired, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving without a valid license.
Her juvenile son was also in the vehicle but not injured.
According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received a call of a Ford Escape driving erratically in the area of westbound State Rt. 2 near the State Rt. 163 Port Clinton exit.
An officer with the Carroll Township Police Department located the vehicle on Rt. 2 near Leutz Road and attempted to initiate a stop when the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.




K-9 takedown on video: Man led high-speed chase of over 100 mph then fled on footCalifornia

San Diego Union-Tribune –

A 36-year-old man was arrested just past midnight Wednesday after almost colliding — at over 100 mph — with a K-9 deputy’s vehicle on Interstate 95.

The suspect, Bryant Smith, was allegedly fleeing with 32-year-old Kenya King in the passenger seat. After stop sticks were deployed by Edgewater Police Department (EPD) officers, Smith bailed from the vehicle, left the car rolling along the interstate with King inside and prolonged the pursuit by running across I-95 until he was taken down by K-9 Toki biting his ankle.

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Van Buren Co. man arrested after high speed chase ends in Searcy Co. Arkansas


A Van Buren County man was arrested in Searcy County after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a high speed pursuit.

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on Tuesday morning at approximately 9, deputies received a report of a high speed pursuit in Pee Dee near Shirley. The chase began after an alleged assault in Van Buren County when the suspect, 50-year-old Phillip Anthony Price, fled the scene.

Cassell states Price was intercepted by the Stone County Sheriff’s Office on Arkansas Highway 66 near Searcy County, but refused to stop. Price was recorded traveling at speeds between 45 and 110 miles per hour.

After entering Searcy County, Price encountered spike a spike strip in Leslie. Price continued on U.S. Highway 65 towards Marshall where he encountered a second spike strip at the base of Backbone Mountain by Marshall Police.

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Teen busted for human smuggling after high-speed chase through Gila Valley – Arizona

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Stolen shuttle bus chased from Haltom City to Fort Worth, police say Texas

HALTOM CITY, Texas — Haltom City police said a suspect has been arrested and charged for leading a chase with a stolen shuttle bus into Fort Worth.

Police said they were responding to a hit-and-run accident on NE Loop 820 when they saw the bus. The chase started when the vehicle evaded the officers’ traffic stop.

Officers eventually used stop sticks and the bus came to a stop inside the Tides on Randol East apartment complex on Randol Mill Road in Fort Worth.

According to Haltom City police, the suspect fled on foot but got caught by a police K-9.

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Grant County deputies capture Kentucky fugitive in pond Indiana –

GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — A man wanted in Kentucky for robbery and strangulation was captured Tuesday in Grant County.

On Aug. 1, deputies claim they saw a Ford Focus run a stop sign. Deputies stopped the car, but as they got out to walk up to it, they said the driver took off.

Deputies chased after the car as it drove through mobile home parks and yards to escape. Deputies ended the chance but later spotted the car again.

Deputies used stop sticks to deflate the car’s tires, and when it came to a stop, deputies claim Matthew Weherman ran into a nearby wooded area. Deputies gave chase and caught Weherman in a pond as he tried to swim to the other side.

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Werner driver survives kidnapping, deadly shootout when his rig is stolen – Ohio

by Clarissa Hawes  –

A truck driver for Werner Enterprises was injured but survived after being taken hostage by two suspects in his rig at a truck stop early Wednesday. The suspects were later killed after a shootout with Ohio state troopers following a lengthy pursuit and a seven-hour standoff that ended in Dayton.

Kent E. Harshbarger of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the suspects as Elaine Helman, 51, and Rodney Helman, 54. They died hours after being transported to Miami Valley Hospital on Wednesday morning. The Daily Mail indicated the suspects were married.

A spokesperson for Omaha, Nebraska-based Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) issued the following statement to news outlet WHIO TV 7:

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Area Law Enforcement Capture Two Who Led Them On High Speed Pursuits – Wisconsin

by dougraflik

A 32-year-old Kaukauna man has been taken into custody after leading Calumet County authorities on a high speed pursuit last night, August 2, 2023.

At around 5 PM, an officer with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office began chasing a car that failed to stop for the officer who was trying to pull the driver over for not having license plates displayed on the car.

The vehicle headed south on Elm Road from County Highway M in the northern part of the county. Other officers attempted to use tire deflation devices but the driver was
able to avoid them by driving into the ditch.

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MCSO: Stop Sticks Used to Bring Stolen Car to a Stop, Ana Laura Franco Arrested – Florida

Martin County – Friday August 4, 2023: Martin County Sheriff Deputies (MCSO) had to use stop sticks to bring a stolen car to stop Wednesday night.

32-year old Ana Laura Franco of Miami sped off when Deputies attempted to stop the car she was driving, according to a release from MCSO.

A chase ensued and eventually stop sticks were placed on the roadway, deflating her tires, and ending the pursuit. There were two other occupants in the car with her. No one was injured.

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Police: Car robbery attempt leads to chase, arrests in Westwood – Ohio

by Emily Sanderson

Guns, a stolen car, stop sticks, and a Taser were all a part of a wild chase on Cincinnati’s west side overnight Thursday.

It all started in North College Hill around 3:45 a.m., with a car actively being stolen, reportedly with a weapon.

Once police saw the car that had been stolen, officers tried to pull the car over when a chase ensued.

Police said the chase went along a highway and involved several districts before the car came to a stop when officers deployed stop sticks, slashing the back two tires.

It ended at the corner of Temple and Epwoth avenues, where the car was eventually towed away.

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2 in custody after pursuit ends near Upton – Wyoming

County 17 –

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Colorado man was taken into custody after leading deputies on a near hour-long, high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning, a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office official said Thursday.

The pursuit began around 2:25 a.m. on Aug. 2 after a deputy observed a 2012 Dodge Ram fail to stop at Highway 51 and Fairview Road. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle sped off eastbound on Highway 51 at 100 mph, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

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Multi-Agency Effort Leads to Arrest of Stolen Vehicle Suspects in Lewisville – Texas

Irving Weekly news sports finance health

A joint operation involving law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions culminated in the successful arrest of two suspects after a high-speed pursuit on July 20, 2023. The incident began when a Lewisville Police Officer detected a stolen vehicle through an in-car ALPR system on the 4600 block of Sam Rayburn Tollway.

The stolen vehicle had been reported missing by the Shreveport, Louisiana, Police Department. Upon receiving the hit, the vigilant patrol officer promptly attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to comply and instead accelerated, initiating a dangerous chase.

During the pursuit, the passenger inside the stolen vehicle was observed throwing two handguns and a quantity of marijuana from the car in an attempt to evade law enforcement. However, their efforts were in vain, as the coordinated response from the involved agencies ensured a swift and safe conclusion.

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Indiana County’s District Attorney has announced that a police-involved shooting on Route 119 that killed a suspect on July 3rd near Homer City was justified.

According to a news release from Indiana County District Attorney Robert Manzi, an un-named state trooper pulled over the pickup truck driven by John V. Dye along Old Route 119 in the late-night hours of July 2nd.  While Dye initially complied, he drove off after police started to approach his truck on foot.  Dye would lead police on a pursuit that lasted around 20 minutes through residential portions of Homer City, sometimes going as fast as 65 miles an hour and nearly rolling his truck once.  Police did use a spike strip and blockades to stop him, but Dye continued.

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A Mackay man is behind bars after stealing a government issued truck and leading Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase – Idaho

CAREY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — According to a press release from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle William Foster, 34 of Mackay allegedly stole a 2023 Chevrolet 1500 truck, owned by the U.S. Government on Tuesday at a gas station in Mackay while the government worker had stopped to get coffee.

Foster was also the subject of a welfare check earlier on Wednesday morning issued by Custer County but wasn’t located until the pursuit that began earlier this morning just after 5:30.

Foster led officers on a chase that at times got up to 110 mph in a 65-mph zone on the highway and was allegedly going 90 mph in a 35-mph zone inside the Carey city limits and refusing to pull over.

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Two teens arrested after police pursuit ends with crash, foot chase in Glencairn: Regina police – Canada


Regina’s Glencairn neighbourhood was a flurry of police activity late last week after a high-speed chase of a stolen vehicle saw four teens arrested.

On Thursday July 27, Regina police’s Aerial Support Unit (ASU) spotted a stolen vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed.

Officers on the ground attempted a traffic stop near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Cavendish Street. However, the driver did not stop for police and “took off at a high rate of speed,” the Regina Police Service (RPS) said in a news release.

The ASU followed the suspect vehicle and witnessed it crash into another vehicle at the intersection of Cavendish Street and Dewdney Avenue.

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Fleeing driver arrested: 8/2/23 (Video) – Florida

Spot On Florida

Overnight, a driver who almost collided with a K-9 deputy’s vehicle decided to flee at speeds of 100+ mph southbound on I-95. Down the highway, our friends with the City Of Edgewater Police Department spotted the vehicle and were able to successfully deploy stop sticks. Soon after that, the driver bailed out of the car and ran into the woods, where

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More local police become instructors after high-speed chase training – New York

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – It’s a wild ride – the police pursuit. Officers receive special training to safely chase suspects. Every maneuver is important.

“We don’t want to squeal the tires too much because that means you’re probably out of control,” said Sgt. Ben Timerman, an EVOC instructor.

Part of Fort Drum’s Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield is turned into a one-mile obstacle course. The cones represent things like pedestrians and other cars.

“So the idea is to not hit anything,” said Timerman.

Timerman is an EVOC instructor. So is Lieutenant Robert Derouin. EVOC stands for Emergency Vehicle Operators Course.

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Washington County Sheriff’s Report – Colorado

by Washington County Sheriff’s Office 

Deputies observed a code enforcement violation in the 600 block of West 9th St in the Town of Akron. The property owners were given a warning.

Deputies were made aware of a high speed chase traveling east from Morgan County through Washington County. A Washington County deputy was able to successfully deploy stop sticks to safely and quickly end the pursuit. Morgan County deputies took the suspect into custody.

Deputies were dispatched to a driving complaint that was pulling out of the Sheriff’s Office parking lot. After further investigation, deputies determined that no crime had been committed.

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West Allis police chases, Milwaukee man arrested after crash – Wisconsin

FOX6 News Milwaukee

West Allis police chase ends with crash

West Allis police arrested a Milwaukee man Monday night, July 31 after he led officers on separate pursuits days apart. (Courtesy: WAPD)

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – West Allis police arrested a Milwaukee man Monday night, July 31 after officers pursued the same car days apart.

The first police chase came in the early morning hours of July 27. An officer spotted a speeding car that ran a red light and tried to stop it, but the driver took off. That pursuit was eventually terminated due to safety concerns.

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Woman leads police on vehicle chase with two flat tires, police say – Pennsilveynia 

by Patrick Buchnowski

SOMERSET, Pa. – A Somerset woman faces a rash of criminal charges, accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through Jenner Township while driving on two flat tires, authorities said.

State police in Somerset charged Erica Lynn Barkman, 26, with aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest and five traffic violations.

According to a complaint affidavit, the pursuit started when police from Windber Borough and Conemaugh Township spotted a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the back lot of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 205 Woodstown Highway, on July 25.

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12-year-old girl leads police on vehicle chase – Indiana

by Angela Houle

HINSDALE — In a dramatic and harrowing incident, a 12-year-old girl led multiple law enforcement agencies on a vehicle chase, putting both pedestrians and motorists in danger.

The incident began at approximately 12:30 pm on July 25, when a concerned juvenile contacted Hinsdale police, reporting that a family member’s truck had been stolen by a young girl and driven to the caller’s residence. The Hinsdale, Winchester and Swanzey police departments, as well as New Hampshire State Police and the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the chase.

According to reports from the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office and the Hinsdale Police Department, the caller informed authorities that the girl was driving erratically, nearly striking multiple objects and vehicles. Lt. Melissa Evans and Det. David Upton of the Hinsdale Police Department immediately launched a search for the stolen truck.

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