Several weapons found after high speed pursuit
One person is in custody following a high-speed pursuit spanning almost all of Canadian County.
"It could've been a lot worse," Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said.
According to Woodward, the pursuit began around 11:00 a.m. Monday with a traffic stop on Interstate 40 around mile marker 107. Authorities say the suspect, Andrew Sawyers of Florida, was speeding.
"When [the agent] went up to the window, he noticed two empty beer bottles and asked the driver to step out," Woodward said.
That's when things took a turn. Authorities say Sawyers reached for a pistol, but not in a threatening way.
"He pulled it out of his vest pocket with two fingers, dropped it at his feet and that's when he took off."
The suspect, who has a felony record out of Florida, led authorities on a 25-mile chase eastbound on Interstate 40, often reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Woodward says Sawyers eventually got off at the Cimarron Road exit, but couldn't slow down enough to make the turn. He crashed his car into a wooded area just south of Interstate 40.
"The fact he was literally able to walk from his car, it's incredible," Woodward said.
Sawyers is being treated at OU Medical Center for back pain. Woodward says the hospital will likely keep him overnight, before being booked into the Canadian County jail.
After searching the vehicle, OBN agents found two loaded weapons and a few knives; a possible motive as to why he ran from police. Still, at this point authorities are waiting to question the suspect.
Woodward says he's just thankful the chase didn't reach the metro.
"It could've put a lot more lives in jeopardy," he said. "We're happy it ended where it did and nobody was seriously hurt."
There is dash-cam and possibly body-cam video of the chase. Fox 25 has put in a request for that footage.