Speeds reached 100 miles an hour on I-35 early Thursday morning while Purcell Police officer John Idlett was attempting to stop a motorist that was going faster than the posted speed limit in the 2300 block of North Green Avenue.
Idlett was patrolling southbound on Green when he noticed the vehicle speeding. When he turned around in his unit the vehicle accelerated.
That’s when he and Coltyn Daniel Wayne Harrison, 22, of Lexington began the pursuit.
Idlett said speeds exceeded 100 mph several times and the vehicle Harrison was driving twice went into the center median grass to pass vehicles.
Idlett said at mile marker 99 the vehicle pulled over onto the shoulder and he thought it was going to stop. As Idlett was positioning his unit for the stop, the vehicle took off again.
“Just before the 101 mile marker I informed dispatch that I was terminating the pursuit,” Idlett said in his report.
At that time the vehicle took the exit at 101, crossing over the on-ramp, flipping and landing on its top in a field.
Idlett pulled the driver out of the vehicle, handcuffed him and asked him if he was hurt.
Harrison told Idlett he hurt all over.
EMSTAT transported Harrison to OU Medical Center. Office Mitchell Gulliver went with EMSTAT to Oklahoma City to keep updates on Harrison’s status, Idlett said.
Also on the scene were Assistant Chief James Bolling and McClain County Sheriff Deputy Beau Ogden.
Harrison faces numerous charges following the incident.
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