McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

December 13, 2012

Ada man pleads guilty after high speed chase

McALESTER — A man who allegedly led authorities on a high speed chase through McAlester was pleaded guilty recently.

Wesley Wayne Manuel, 22, of Ada, pleaded guilty Dec. 7 in Pittsburg County District Court to felony eluding a police officer and misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Manuel was fined $1,280 and judgment and sentencing were deferred for three years on each count.

Misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, improper passing and operating a motorcycle without a license and proper endorsement were dismissed.

According to court records, Manuel took local police on a high speed chase reaching speeds excess of 120 miles per hour on Nov. 10.

The high speed chase began when a man riding a 2001 Yamaha XMU motorcycle south on Main Street attempted to allude McAlester Police when an officer tried to stop the motorcycle at Oklahoma Avenue and Main Street, according to Det. Capt. Gary Wansick.

Kiowa police joined the chase and, at approximately 10: 27 p.m., a police officer said over the radio that he had topped speeds of 120 miles per hour in his police car, according to the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office radio transmissions. The officer said he was losing the motorcycle and said he was going to back off.

Wansick said the chase continued south on U.S. Highway 69 through Savanna and then Kiowa.

At about 10:30 p.m., an officer said over the radio the motorcycle had crashed.

Wansick said the chase ended south of Kiowa with the assistance of Pittsburg County Sheriffs Department and Kiowa police.

Wansick said Manuel was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com. Contact MJ Brickey by email mjbrickey@journalist.com.

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