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Miami Attempted Bank Robbery and Fatal Crash

One man faces charges after a morning attempted bank robbery and high speed chase in Northeast Oklahoma.
Photo courtesy of Gary Crow
Photo courtesy of Gary Crow
MIAMI, OK.---Harry Frances Dishmon, 50, will face multiple charges stemming from his attempt to rob a bank, leading to a car chase that ended in a fatal crash. It started around 10:30 Wednesday morning in Miami. Investigators say Dishmon walked into the IBC Bank at 2520 north Main in Miami this morning and attempted a robbery. Investigators say Dishmon handed a note to a teller demanding cash, and claiming he had a gun. 

Miami Chief of Police George Haralson says Dishmon fled the bank quickly, without showing a gun or taking any cash. From there, Dishmon allegedly led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase north of Miami, into rural Ottawa County. According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, during the chase, Dishmon was driving northbound on Highway 69 and tried to pass a tractor trailer. When he saw a vehicle approaching southbound, he swerved to miss that vehicle, striking the front of the truck. That caused the truck to flip onto its side, trapping the driver inside. The driver, James Carl Wivell, 48, of Longmont, CO., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

Investigators were able to block off a roughly one square mile section of land, and begin a manhunt for Dishmon that lasted over an hour. Authorities found him hiding in a ditch between east 20th and 30th roads, about a mile south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.

Ottawa County authorities tell us Dishmon lied about his identity when he was apprehended. He's in custody in the Ottawa County Jail and could be arraigned as early as Thursday morning. Investigators with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and the Quapaw Tribe could file additional charges in the case.

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