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Thieves escape during wild car chase in Okmulgee County
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Thieves escape during wild car chase in Okmulgee County

Thieves escape during wild car chase in Okmulgee County

Thieves escape during wild car chase in Okmulgee County

A vehicle pursuit between an Okmulgee County Sheriff's Deputy and a couple of suspected auto thieves reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour on State Highway 266 last Friday.

Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice says one of his deputies spotted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen being towed by a tow truck.

When the deputy activated his lights and tried to pull over the tow truck, it sped away.

During the chase, the Sheriff says the suspects tried to blind the deputy with a spotlight and even threw a gas can at his cruiser.

He says the deputy decided to break off the chase, deciding it was too dangerous.

The Sheriff's Office says the suspects could be part of an auto theft ring operating out of McIntosh County.

If anyone has any information about this vehicle theft or any others, you can call Okmulgee Chief Deputy Smokey Patchin at (918) 756-4311.

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