Krebs man charged after high-speed pursuit

DERRICK JAMES | Staff photo

A Krebs man who led police on a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds of 120 mph Wednesday said he did not know who owned the vehicle after he was stopped.

Dustin Eugene Kelley, 41, was charged with felony endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officer, felony unauthorized use of a vehicle, misdemeanor resisting an officer, ad misdemeanor driving with license cancelled/suspended/revoked, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Krebs Police Officer John Troussel wrote in a probable cause affidavit he clocked a white Dodge Charger with his rear window radar going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone on U.S. Highway 270 traveling towards McAlester.

Troussel caught up to the vehicle on the southbound on ramp to U.S. Highway 69 and initiated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop when the vehicle merged onto the highway and accelerated, the affidavit states.

According to Troussel’s report, the driver – identified as Kelley – then took the service road exit at a high-rate of speed before crossing the highway and traveling on the northbound service road before merging onto northbound U.S. Highway 69.

The report states Kelley reached speeds of 120 mph before he began to slow down north of State Highway 113 “with no brake lights” and continuing to look back in the mirror while “appearing to talk to himself.”

After the vehicle stopped, Kelley exited the vehicle with his hands up and complied with officers’ orders of laying on the ground before resisting arrest by pulling his left arm under him and away from officers while being handcuffed, the affidavit states.

Troussel wrote in his report after Kelley was cleared by the McAlester Fire Department for a scratch on his face that occurred during the arrest, Kelley was asked who the vehicle belonged to and he told officers that “he did not know.”

A search of the vehicle located a citation issued by the city of Krebs with the name of who the vehicle belonged to, the affidavit states.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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