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May 30, 2012

Edmond man in detention after a high-speed pursuit

An Edmond man is in Garfield County Detention Facility after allegedly leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit before wrecking his car and fleeing on foot Tuesday evening.

According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office report, Alonso Perez, 23, was driving west on U.S. 412 near the intersection with 90th when Deputy Steve Ramsey spotted his 1993 Honda moving at a high rate of speed.

When Ramsey turned his squad car around to stop the vehicle, it turned south on 78th.

Traveling at speeds in excess of 110 mph, the vehicle continued south on 78th until it turned west on Southgate, Ramsey said.

Deputy Sam Strecker deployed stop sticks at 10th and Southgate. Perez drove into the oncoming lane toward Strecker, and the stop sticks punctured the right rear tire of the Honda, Ramsey said.  

He said after the Honda ran over the stop sticks, Perez continued driving, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic for about nine blocks.

Finally, he lost control of the car in the 100 block of East Southgate.

“He went into a yard on the south side of the road,” Ramsey said. “That’s when he started spinning out and went back across the road and up the embankment on the north side of the road.”

Ramsey said the car came to rest facing southeast, with the front end of the car on the westbound lane. Perez ran away to the north, Ramsey said.

As Ramsey drove through the debris cloud caused by the Honda spinning out, his squad car struck the front end of the Honda. He was not injured.

Ramsey chased Perez across a field, ordering him to stop. Perez continued running, jumping over a barbed wire fence and attempting to hide in some shrubbery.

“I ordered the suspect to stop and show me his hands or I would shoot,” Ramsey’s report reads. “The suspect jumped up from the shrubbery and again reached for his waistband and faced me. I trained the sights of my service weapon on the suspect, ordered him to show me his hands and drew my (Taser) with my left hand. I fired my (Taser) at him, missing the suspect. The suspect then turned back westbound and began to run again. As I began to chase the suspect again, he turned toward me and stopped.

“I ordered the suspect to show me his hands and get on the ground. The suspect reached for his waistband again and I informed him to show me his hands or I’ll shoot. The suspect then placed his hands on his head and began to walk toward me. I ordered the suspect to keep his hands up and get on the ground. The suspect refused to get on the ground. While keeping my service weapon sighted on the suspect, I attempted to change my (Taser) cartridge with my left hand. The suspect then got face down on the ground with his hands behind his back.”

Deputies took Perez into custody at 6:56 p.m. Ramsey estimates he chased Perez about 65 yards on foot.

Perez is being held on suspicion of reckless driving, attempting to elude, running a roadblock, attempted escape from felony arrest and driving with a suspended license. An additional charge of assault and battery on an officer with a deadly weapon could be added, Ramsey said.

No bond has been set.

Ramsey said Perez told deputies he was driving that way because “his girlfriend made him mad.”

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