Police: Man arrested after leading police on high-speed chase to OKC Zoo

Michael Queinton Smith (Courtesy Oklahoma County jail)

A man with Oklahoma County and U.S. Federal warrants was arrested on Thursday after a police chase that ended at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Oklahoma City police assisted federal agents and the Oklahoma City Violent Crimes Task Force Detectives in locating the wanted fugitive, 48-year-old Michael Quinton Smith.

Smith was located by police at a Lowe's Hardware near Northwest 39th Street and May Avenue. Smith then accelerated through the parking lot and into traffic after police initiated overhead lights.

The high-speed chase ended after the suspect drove his vehicle through a perimeter gate to the east of the Zoo Amphitheater and had nowhere else to drive after taking police through an open field to a lake.

The Oklahoma City Zoo says none of its animals were harmed and none of its habitats were damaged during the chase. They are working, however, to repair the damaged gate.

Smith was arrested on a felony complaint of attempting to elude police, as well as other charges.

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