Mannford chase suspect tricked into arrest

Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 14:39:36-05

MANNFORD, Okla. – The suspect connected to a pursuit in Mannford Tuesday was taken into custody after being tricked by the police chief.

The Mannford police chief told 2 Works for You that a call was reported saying a man who fit the description of the pursuit suspect was “hunkered down” at a local convenience store near the junction of Highway 48 and Highway 51.

When the police chief arrived, in plain clothes and an unmarked car, he approached the possible suspect, Randall Edward Harris, and asked what he was doing. The suspect then informed the undercover officer that he needed a ride.

Because the police chief knew the suspect in the pursuit was from the Skiatook area, he said that was where he was headed towards. The suspect then told the police chief that was where he needed to go as well.

So, according to the police chief, the two got into the undercover police chief’s truck and started driving. As they approached the station, the police chief finally pulled out his gun and informed the suspect that he was an undercover police officer.

Harris is now being booked into the Creek County Jail after surrendering peacefully. He faces charges of eluding police, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, driving under suspension, failure to stop at a road block, reckless driving, malicious injury to personal property and two counts of failure to obey traffic signs.

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