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March 16, 2014

Multi-county chase ends with arrest Sunday

ENID, Okla. — A suspect involved in a police chase through multiple counties Saturday was arrested on complaints of kidnapping and attempting to elude Sunday morning after requesting a ride near a drilling rig in southern Garfield County.

The chase began when Enid police attempted to pull Michael Clark, 31, over around 7:10 p.m. Saturday at the corner of 8th and Oklahoma, where Clark reportedly ran a stop sign. Enid Police Department Sgt. Tim Doyle said officers were aware of warrants for Clark’s arrest, including a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

Doyle said records show Clark did not stop and officers pursued him south of town on 10th. The chase continued into Kingfisher and Major counties. At one point, the suspect’s vehicle reportedly reached speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Officers lost Clark’s vehicle around N2730 Road. Lahoma Police Department later located Clark’s vehicle and pursued it before Clark exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

According to Doyle, a female passenger in Clark’s vehicle was pleading for the suspect to stop the vehicle throughout the pursuit and let her go, but he would not stop.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said the sheriff’s office set up a perimeter and tried to track Clark down Saturday, but weather prevented canines from tracking the suspect. The manhunt was called off between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday due to bad weather.

Niles said law enforcement was contacted after Clark requested a ride Sunday morning. Clark was taken into custody by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol about a mile south of a drilling operation and transported to the Garfield County jail by a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy.

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