Suspect captured near Quapaw after a two-county pursuit.
QUAPAW – What started as a stop of a possible suspect in a burglary in Delaware County turned into a two-county pursuit and ended after a manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, a burglary occurred from Dick Lane's Marine & Powersports in Cleora, and a pursuit began in Delaware County on Feb. 23 of a possible suspect, Douglas Grant Miller, 46, of Wyandotte.
Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd’s deputies took charge of the pursuit here in Ottawa County and put out warnings that Miller was considered armed and dangerous.
According to a probable cause affidavit written by Ottawa County Sheriff Deputy Dan Cook and filed in Ottawa County District Court, Cook heard radio traffic of a citizen following a suspected burglar heading northbound on Highway 69 going through Narcissa.
Cook parked his patrol unit on northbound Hwy. 69 and East 120 Road and observed a Dodge pickup drive by matching the description of one driven by the suspect traveling northbound.
The suspect vehicle stopped on the shoulder of Hwy. 69 near the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall Church and Cook saw a male driver, later identified as Miller, and a female passenger,
Another dark-colored pickup arrived behind Cook’s patrol unit and told the deputy, “That’s them, they stole my s**t!”
As Cook turned back towards Miller he sped away as well as the driver of the dark-colored pickup truck in pursuit and Cook began pursuit as well.
“The pursuit entered the city of Miami at a high rate of speed with heavy civilian traffic. Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Miami City Police, and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies joined in the pursuit, which continued east on Steve Owens Blvd. past the turnpike gate. The suspect ran a flashing red light at South Main Street and Steve Owens Blvd., as well as a red light at D Street SE,” Cook wrote in the affidavit.
According to Cook’s affidavit, the pursuit continued eastbound on Highway 10 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, turned northbound on County Road 590, and continued northbound at speeds in excess of 90 mph on gravel roads.
Miller ran stop signs at East 90, 80 and 66 Roads, and turned eastbound on 66 Road continuing east until turning northbound on Hwy. 137. Miller ran stop signs at South 600 and South 610 Roads and turned eastbound onto on east 57 Road and then turned northbound on South 620 Road.
Miller traveled on eastbound on 50 Road running yet another stop sign and northbound several times on South 630 Road in excess of 100 mph before merging onto northbound Hwy. 69. Miller then turned eastbound on State Line Road and turned northbound into Kansas on East 36th Street on a residential street in Baxter Springs in excess of 65 mph. He looped around 36th Street back to State Line Road and traveled east and then south on 640 Road back into Ottawa County.
Miller followed 640 Road turning west at 30 Road and followed it until turning southbound on South 630 Road, then west into east 50 Road, turned south on 630 Road again, turned west on East 60 Road and then into a private drive at 59999 South 625 Road and drove around the house on the west side into a pasture.
Miller traveled through a field and stopped near a fence line.
“I viewed a female running from the vehicle southbound over a fence line and heard the male suspect yelling, ‘Come on babe!’ I gave verbal commands to the female to get on the ground as well as the male suspect (which I did not see). The female continued to clear the fence tearing off clothing. After more verbal commands the female stopped and lay down on her stomach. I placed the female in handcuffs. I continued looking for the male suspect after Quapaw Chief Gary Graham secured the female at that location. I continued my search for the male suspect, but was unable to locate him at this time,” Cook wrote.
Cook reports in the affidavit, at approximately 8:17 a.m. Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Dunkel came across the radio that Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy James White had crashed his vehicle east of Hwy. 69 on State Line Road. The vehicle sustained heavy damage and White was transported via ambulance to Miami Integris Hospital.
Floyd said later, Deputy White did not sustain serious injury.
Floyd also said Miller has a long list of prior felony charge warrants in Ottawa County.
Miller was apprehended near Quapaw after 11:30 a.m. and taken into custody and now faces new charges of attempting to elude a police officer after receiving signal to stop in such as manner as to endanger any other person.
Miler appeared in person in Ottawa County District Court Feb. 26 where his bond was set at $50,000 and remanded to the custody of the Ottawa County Jail.
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