A Tulsa man on his way to Branson, Mo. Saturday had his plans for a family vacation abruptly ended after being involved in about a 14-mile chase in Ottawa County.
Fairland Police Officers Corbey Christian and Shannon Huston were on patrol at 12:48 p.m. Saturday when Miami Firefighter Ray Vanover flagged them down stating that a red Kia was headed west on Highway 60 towards Afton in a reckless manner.
About the same time they received a call from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office dispatch that a red Kia was driving into town on Highway 60. The reports said the driver was very reckless and had almost caused several wrecks.
Christian said there were several vehicles between them and the red Kia.
Once they caught up to him, the driver who was later identified as Daniel Schaffer, 33, of Tulsa, suddenly stopped his vehicle in the middle of Highway 60 and placed it in reverse just barely missing a gray Toyota behind it.
Christian said Schaffer then put his car in drive and continued west on Highway 60.
The Fairland officers then activated their emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but it continued west. Christian said he observed the vehicle weaving badly. “It crossed the center line and fog line several times. (Also) the driver would slow down drastically and then speed up but refused to stop,” he said.
Despite the police officers directing him to stop, Schaffer kept on westward at 30 to 65 mph.
Christian said about three miles west of Fairland, Schaffer stopped in the road again. At that time, Christian exited the police car and began approaching the red Kia when Schaffer put the vehicle in reverse and backed up rapidly in an attempt to strike Christian and the patrol unit. He was able to keep from being hit.
Then Schaffer started forward on Highway 60 again. At Highway 69, he turned his right turn signal on as if he was going north on it, but at the last second swerved back onto Highway 60 and then proceeded through the toll booth and turned east on I-44.
At that point Oklahoma Highway Patrolman Brian McSlarrow took over as the lead pursuit vehicle. As they headed towards Miami the Wyandotte Nation Police Department was asked to put down a tire deflation device in the roadway, which its officers did, only to see Schaffer go around it.
With the help of several other OHP units, McSlarrow said they were able to use a rolling roadblock to stop Schaffer's car. No one was hurt in the chase, he said.
Christian said Schaffer refused to cooperate with the OHP troopers so he had to be forcibly restrained and taken into custody.
McSlarrow said he appeared to be suffering from mental and drug problems.
He was then transported to the Ottawa County Jail by deputies.
At the jail, officers called for an ambulance because Schaffer was unresponsive.
After being treated at Integris Baptist Regional Medical Center, he was taken by ambulance to Tulsa area hospital.
McSlarrow filed resisting arrest, attempt to assault a police officer and DUI-drugs.