Locals help catch Hugo man driving stolen firetruck

CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- A Choctaw County man is behind bars Monday after he stole two vehicles including a firetruck. News 12 spoke with a reserve officer who helped catch the man.

"It was quite the Monday. Never in my life would I have thought that something like this would happen," reserve officer Ronnie Sappington said.

The Choctaw County Sheriff's Office says they got a call around 8 Monday morning that a man had stolen a firetruck and was driving down State Highway 147 with a man on that truck trying to stop it.

But the firetruck wasn't the only vehicle stolen.

Sheriff Terry Park says 18-year-old Jacob German of Hugo had stolen a car earlier in Hugo and drove it North to Spencerville.

German then ditched the car, broke into the Spencerville Volunteer Fire Department and stole their tanker truck.

Rattan reserve officer Ronnie Sappington says he got an interesting phone call.

"I got a phone call from my buddy Joesph. He called me and asked if somebody had stolen a firetruck from Spencerville," Sappington told News 12.

Sappington says a friend followed the truck to a recreational area near Hugo lake and blocked the entrance to force German to turn around.
The man then jumped on the truck and held on trying to get inside for several miles.

"He was trying to shake Joseph off, swerving back and forth on the road at about 45 to 50 miles per hour, with cars coming in both directions," Sappington added.

Sappington knew he needed to end the chase.

"I tried to pass the truck to get around in front of it and when I did Joesph busted out the window and jumped in there and the guy tried to fight him a little bit, Sappington exclaimed. That's when I stopped my truck in front of him and got the truck stopped."

The firetruck did sustain some damage in the chase, but no one was seriously hurt.

German was arrested on multiple charges, including two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle.