Police: Stalking suspect crashed vehicle following high speed pursuit

Maria Roche, 40, was arrested Feb. 6 in Logan County on complaints of felony eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, obstruction and VPO violation.(Edmond Police Department)

Edmond police arrested a stalking suspect following a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash late Monday.

Edmond Police Department Public Information Specialist Jenny Wagnon says that just before 10 p.m. Feb. 5 a vehicle fled from an officer patrolling near Edmond Road and Santa Fe.

The officer reported that he was following a vehicle eastbound on Edmond Road for speeding and reckless driving. Dash camera footage shows the driver run a red light and cut off several vehicles while turning southbound on Kelly.

The officer ended the pursuit when speeds reached 100 mph. Shortly after, the officer found that the driver had crashed their vehicle at 1310 S. Kelly.

The vehicle was found to be empty and a perimeter was set up around the area. While authorities were searching for the suspect, a person called police and notified them that they recognized the vehicle from news reports. The man stated that it belonged to an ex-girlfriend who had allegedly been stalking him.

The man gave police the woman's address. When officers arrived at the woman's home at 4000 E. Seward Road she fled out the back door. She was quickly taken into custody by a Logan County Sheriff's Office deputy.

The woman, identified as 40-year-old Maria Roche, allegedly admitted to police that she thought the man she was stalking had called police, causing her to flee. The woman also admitted to being able to "sneak through" the police perimeter.

Roche was arrested on a complaint of felony eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, obstruction and VPO violation.

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