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February 27, 2014

Fleeing felon faces life

ENID, Okla. — An Edmond man is facing two life sentences after he attempted to flee from the custody of a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Deputy last week.

Shaun Scott Sprowls, also known as Shawn, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of escape from arrest or detention, and malicious injury to property in relation to the Feb. 20 incident.

He appeared Thursday via video from Garfield County Detention Facility. Special District Judge Brian Lovell set Sprowls’ bond at $5,000. However, Sprowls would remain in Department of Corrections custody even if he posted that bond.

Lovell entered a not-guilty plea on Sprowls’ behalf and ordered him to return to court April 7 for a bond appearance.

Sprowls is charged after six prior felonies, mostly drug offenses, and faces four years to life on each of the two counts.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Deputy Dale Pazzo was transporting Sprowls from Grant County, where Sprowls had been sentenced to eight years in prison on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sprowls had a warrant in Garfield County and was being picked up to face the charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pazzo noted in the affidavit he placed Sprowls in leg irons, a belly chain and double locked his handcuffs. Sprowls was then placed in the rear driver’s side seat of Pazzo’s vehicle for transport to Garfield County Detention Facility.

Pazzo was southbound on 4th and stopped for the stop sign at Randolph. While waiting for traffic to clear, Pazzo wrote he heard the rear passenger window shatter and saw Sprowls open the door from the outside with one of his hands.

As Pazzo got out of his vehicle, he saw Sprowls running north on 4th. The leg irons and hand cuffs were laying in the street. Sprowls then ran east in the alley between Randolph and Maple.

Pazzo told dispatch Sprowls had escaped. Dispatch notified deputies and Enid Police Department.

Sprowls was taken into custody by Enid Police Department in the 500 block of East Randolph.

Pazzo went to the address and positively identified Sprowls. Enid police officers said Sprowls had entered a ground-floor apartment and told the occupant, “he was hiding from the law,” according to the affidavit.

Sprowls could face further charges related to entering the occupied apartment.

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