A Tecumseh man was very busy early Tuesday morning when he stole not one, not two, not three but four different vehicles including a Purcell Police Cruiser.
Purcell Sgt. Det. Scott Stephens said Leviticus Tyrone Johnson, 34, originally stole a vehicle in Pottawatomie County and drove it to Dibble.
“He crashed it into a pond and was arrested by Dibble Police,” Stephens said.
Somehow Johnson slipped his cuffed hands around in front of him and took off in a Dibble Police unit.
“They have technology in their units if one gets too far away from the officer the car shuts down,” Stephens said.
The vehicle did shut down and Johnson was on foot in the Dibble area.
That’s when he came upon a farm truck owned by McClain County Undersheriff Landy Offolter.
He promptly swiped that vehicle and drove it to Purcell where he was pulled over by Purcell Police.
A foot pursuit ensued, according to Stephens.
“He (Johnson) circled back around and got into a cruiser and headed to I-35,” Stephens said.
A high-speed chase ensued.
“When he slowed down enough a Tactical Vehicle Intervention Maneuver (TVI) was used to stop him at mile marker 99,” Stephens said.
Johnson, who Stephens reports has a lengthy criminal record, was then placed into custody here, with the handcuffs from Dibble still on his wrists.
Stephens said the entire ordeal started around 3:30 a.m.
The Purcell Police unit that was stolen is a total loss.
In addition to Purcell Police, also involved in the chase were McClain County Sheriff Deputies and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.