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April 19, 2013

Chase leads to $50,000 bond for Marlow man

DUNCAN — A Marlow man is in custody with a $50,000 bond after leading several area law enforcement agencies on a chase through Stephens and Grady counties a week ago today.

Marlow Police Officer Jonathan Moore said in his affidavit a silver Ford F150 was reported as being recklessly driven, allegedly by Gary Stephens and was southbound from Main and Broadway.

Moore found the vehicle at the intersection of Cheyenne and U.S. Highway 81. Moore said the driver made some type of gesture, which prompted Moore to follow him. When the driver turned onto west onto Choctaw, Stephens failed to use his turn signal and failed to use it again when turning north onto Broadway.

Moore said dispatch advised him that Stephens had reportedly been experiencing psychotic episodes.

Moore turned on his emergency lights but Stephens refused to stop even after Moore employed his public announcement system. The vehicle allegedly still continued to speed down U.S. Hwy 81 towards Grady County.

Moore said he pursued the vehicle on the highway for about three miles before the driver led him two miles on a county road. Stephens then got out of his vehicle but rushed back in the vehicle when Moore said he attempted to make contact with him by gunpoint.

Stephens continued east on the county road for about one-half mile then traveled north one mile on another county road. He turned west on Rusty Spur Road and then turned north on U.S. Hwy 81.

Three Rush Springs units and the Grady County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit as Stephens led them off the highway into neighborhoods of Rush Springs. Once the pursuit came back to U.S. Hwy 81, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined the pursuit and was able to bring Stephens to a stop by performing a Tactical Vehicle Intervention. Moore said Grady County units ordered Stephens to the ground, who failed to comply.

He also said Grady County Deputy Sgt. Neil Lock and another deputy used a taser on the suspect, which caused him to fall to the ground injuring his left elbow.

Stephens was transported to Duncan Regional Hospital and later to Stephens County Jail for reckless driving, attempting to elude a police officer and failing to use a turn signal.

Stephens appeared in court Tuesday and was awarded with a $50,000 bond. He will appear in court again May 31 and June 12.

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