Pickup rollover off US-60, driver taken into custody after short manhunt

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37-year-old male taken into custody is wanted on a full US extradition warrant out of Texas, and warrants from multiple counties Oklahoma Highway Patrol tell us

OTTAWA COUNTY / WYANDOTTE NATION, Ok. – Shortly before 7:00 PM Friday evening a series of crashes occurred on US-60 in Oklahoma, just a few miles to the west of Indigo Sky Casino. Traffic was blocked off and on for hours as vehicles were cleared of the roadway and a short manhunt was successfully executed.

THE INCIDENT: The westbound suspect pickup tried to pass two semi’s in a marked ‘no passing zone’. An eastbound pickup swerved to avoid hitting head on with the suspect pickup. Suspect pickup swerved as well, striking one semi, and rolled off north side of the US-60 near S 680th.

The suspect pickup rolled through a fence and into a pasture. The male driver (single occupant) then fled on foot.

Additionally a maroon minivan collided with the pickup that the suspect pickup swerved to avoid.

There were six injured, all with non-life-threatening injuries.

A perimeter was set and more officers arrived. After a short manhunt the 37-year-old male was taken into custody without incident about 7:45 PM.

The suspect pickup driver was transported to Integris Miami Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. And since, overnight, was transported to Ottawa County custody. He has a full-US extradition warrant out of Texas and numerous other warrants from multiple counties according to OHP Trooper J.Laue.

Traffic was not cleared until nearly 9:00 PM. Wyandotte Nation Police assisted along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

NOTE: Corrections were made to the number of injured, vehicles involved and the location of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper to avoid confusion. We want to specifiy this was not a pursuit. It was an isolated incident of attempting to pass in a no passing zone, causing a series of crashes. The suspect driver just happened to be the one passing in a no passing zone.

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