Dashcam video shows dramatic takedown in high-speed Oklahoma police chase
Dramatic dashcam video released by Oklahoma City Police shows what led a simple traffic stop to erupt into a high-speed chase and violent takedown.
The pursuit happened last week, when police attempted to pull over a motorist for driving 20 kilometres over the speed limit.
The driver, Brian Everhart, failed to stop and took off speeding.
The 28-year-old, who had previously been convicted of drug felonies, led police across three major highways.
The pursuit weaved through traffic at speeds reaching 160 kph, and Everhart even blew through several stop lights.
At one point Everhart tried to exit a highway, but police rammed the rear end of the truck, sending the vehicle spinning into a concrete barrier.
But the chase didn’t end there.
Despite a flat tire and a broken tailgate, Everhart continued to run, even driving south on northbound lanes.
“He started to go right into traffic. You can see several vehicles in front,” says Public Information Officer Mark Opgrande.
Police eventually ended the 25 minute pursuit by sending the truck spinning again.
Dashcam video shows a second cruiser crash head on into Everhart’s truck.
Despite being pinned, Everhart still tried to get away by accelerating on the gas.
Police say Everhart attempted to reach for a gun as officers swept in.
“As he was driving, it would have been easy to slide [his] hand back there and pull the weapon out,” Opgrande said.
The video showed one officer enter the truck’s cab, tackle Everhart, and proceed to beat him with at least 17 punches.
“Their main concern [was] to get this man in custody in compliance and get him to stop fighting,” Opgrande said.
Along with the gun, officers discovered methamphetamine in the truck.
Everhart remains in custody and faces several charges, including evading arrest, assaulting a police officer, and drug possession.
Opgrande said Everhart is wanted in two other counties.
Three police cars were damaged in the chase, but no one was injured.
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