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Man jumps from police vehicle while being checked for warrants

Daniel Blankenship, 43, was arrested June 9 in Oklahoma City on a complaint of attempting to escape police custody. (Oklahoma County Jail)

Police were able to track down a suspect who had jumped out of the back of a patrol vehicle while he was being checked for warrants.

Oklahoma City Police Department reports show at approximately 9:45 a.m. June 9 an officer working in the area of NW 39 and May observed a man, later identified as 43-year-old Daniel Blankenship, struggling to ride his bicycle eastbound on NW 40th Street.

The officer stopped the man near NW 40 and May to check and see if he was okay. After running the Blankenship's name through his system, the officer placed him in investigative detention while he was checked for warrants. The officer rolled down the back windows of his vehicle after the man complained about the heat. A second officer then arrived on scene to assist during the incident.

While Blankenship was being checked for warrants, two people approached the officers to speak with them about a different incident. While speaking with the two, one of the officers heard a noise and looked back to the vehicle Blankenship was sitting in. Police found that Blankenship had jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the nearby Super 8 Motel.

He was tracked to the second floor of the motel, where the officer began chasing him on foot. The officer eventually caught up with Blankenship and he was taken into custody.

The officer noted that Blankenship said he "did not want to go back in jail" after being taken into custody. Police then learned that Blankenship had warrants for his arrest for escaping arrest in LeFlore County and a forgery charge out of Texas.

He was later booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of attempting to escape custody.


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