Pursuit suspect also faces drug charges

Jace Lee McKittrick

ENID, Okla. — A 29-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after authorities said he led a Garfield County deputy on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle, which he crashed into the deputy's vehicle.

Jace Lee McKittrick was arraigned on felony charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, eluding a police officer, unauthorized use of vehicle and acquiring drug proceeds. He also was arraigned on misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to keep right and failure to display headlights when required.

McKittrick's bond was set at $200,000 and he was ordered to return to court Nov. 9 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, at 12:31 a.m. Oct. 10, 2018, Garfield County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brant Bishop attempted to stop a red GMC pickup in the area of Willow and Adams after seeing the vehicle driving without headlights on and on the wrong side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as McKittrick, did not yield and Bishop began a pursuit that reached speeds of up to 70 mph, according to the affidavit. During the pursuit, McKittrick drove through three yards and rammed Bishop's vehicle on the right side.

McKittrick lost control of his vehicle at Princeton and Midway, striking a tree, according to the affidavit. McKittrick fled the scene on foot and was taken into custody in the area of Princeton and Madison.

A search of McKittrick's vehicle found multiple 1-gram plastic bags, five containing a white crystalline substance and another plastic bag containing 26.1 grams of a white crystalline substance, according to the affidavit. Also found were a plastic scoop with a crystalline substance, a spoon with a residue on it and a burnt marijuana cigar. The cigar field tested positive for marijuana, and the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

When the tag for the vehicle was checked, deputies learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Alva, according to the affidavit.

Because he was charged after the conviction of five prior felonies, McKittrick faces 12 years to life in prison and a fine of $25,000 to $200,000 on the trafficking charge, three years to life on the assault charge, three years to life and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 on the acquiring drug proceeds charge, three years to life and a fine of $500 to $5,000 on the eluding charge, and 30 days to life and a fine of $50 to $1,000 on the charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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