Bartlesville police: Chase damages patrol cars, injures officer

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Police arrested a Bartlesville man early Wednesday morning after he led them in a chase that ended with two damaged police cars and an injured officer.

Kaleb Williams, 30, now faces charges of evading police, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, driving under a suspended license and defective equipment.

According to Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland, the pursuit began at around 1:30 a.m. when police saw a vehicle driving erratically. Recognizing Williams as the driver and knowing he had a suspended license, police tried to stop him.

However, as Williams would not stop, police followed him in a "short pursuit" to the corner of Sunset and Sooner where Williams struck a stop sign. When police drove up behind and stepped out of their vehicles to order him out, Williams attempted to drive away, striking two patrol cars.

When Williams would not open his door, one officer smashed out a window, allowing officers to take Williams from the vehicle and arrest him, Holland told 2NEWS.

The officer who broke the window was admitted to Jane Phillips Medical Center where he was treated for shards of glass in his arm and forehead.

Holland said that officer has since been released from the hospital.

Holland said he expects Williams will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

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