Two teens from Joplin, Mo., are in custody this morning after leading police on a high-speed chase up U.S. Highway 69.

At about 4:20 a.m. McAlester police officer Robert Young spotted a car speeding through the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and Comanche Avenue.

Young got behind the car and turned on his overhead lights, but rather than pull over, the car sped up.

Young pursued and other units, including one from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, joined in.

The vehicles hit speeds of more than 100 mph as they went north on the highway. The driver of the car the police were chasing apparently lost control near the intersection of Coal Creek Road and U.S. Highway 69.

The car went off the highway and into a field, where it stopped.

As officers closed in to make an arrest, police Det. Capt. Darrell Miller said, “He started his car, moving like he was going to run over them.

“Shots were fired but no one was hit.”

The car stopped again and officers arrested a 19-year-old man and his 16-year-old female companion.

Officers didn’t try to put out stop sticks “because there just wasn’t time,” Miller said. “Everything happened pretty fast.”

“When they ran a check, they found the car was stolen out of Joplin, Mo.,” Miller said.

The man was booked into the Pittsburg County Jail on complaints of attempting to elude, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property, driving with a suspended license and failure to carry insurance verification.

McAlester officers are given discretion when initiating a pursuit, but a chase can be called off at any time by the shift commander — or can be broken off by the officers themselves.

Things officers consider before starting a pursuit is the type of crime involved, if known, how much traffic or other dangers are on the road and, sometimes, whether officers know the person being pursued.

“Safety is the most important thing, but when someone runs, they usually have something to hide,” Miller said.

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