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OHP seeks public's help after pursuit crash critically injures trooper

Dangelo Ladon Burgess (left) was taken into custody after a pursuit with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. OHP would like to interview Sonny Ramirez (right) who is believed to have critical information about the pursuit in Cleveland County Friday, July 14, 2017.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help to locate witnesses as they continue to investigate a pursuit that left one trooper in critical condition.

OHP reported that Lieutenant Heath Meyer was injured on Interstate 35 Friday night while trying to end a pursuit.

The pursuit began on I-35 near Tecumseh Rd. in Norman about 10:20 p.m., according to the OHP on call public information officer Lt. Kera Philippi, the pursuit went north on I-35 into Moore. In the area of 27th Street Lieutenant Meyer was preparing to deploy a spike strip when he was struck by a vehicle. The suspect vehicle, involved in the pursuit, continued travelling northbound and was stopped a short time later.

Lt. Meyer was taken to a hospital, there has been no update on his condition.

The suspect, Dangelo Ladon Burgess, 28, was taken into custody, Philippi said. He faces charges of causing great bodily injury while unlicensed, eluding an officer while endangering others, failure to stop for roadblock, driving under suspension, following too closely, and failure to wear a seat belt. Officials said the pursuit initially started because Burgess allegedly was following too closely.

OHP is hoping to locate anyone who can provide additional information of Burgess' whereabouts from earlier in the day before the pursuit occurred. They also believe Sonny Ramirez, 39, has critical information to the investigation, and would like to interview him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OHP Traffic Homicide Investigators by email at OHPTips@dps.ok.gov or by calling 866-OHP-TIPS.


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