Alleged robber crashes after high speed chase through Bryan Co.

BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- One man is behind bars after allegedly robbing a local pharmacy and eluding police.

Police say a man may have robbed a Durant liquor store, then a Calera pharmacy, less than an hour later.

Bobby Gene Brewer was arrested by Calera police after he crashed his van on Platter Road.

"As soon as I activated my lights it was over with," said Chief Don Hyde.

Calera police chief Don Hyde says Brewer led officers on the high speed pursuit after allegedly committing two armed robberies.

The first, at a Durant liquor store.

The owner tells News 12 off camera, the suspect came in just after 11:00 and said quote, "I'm desperate. Give me your money."

When the owner refused, the suspect held up his gun and began counting.

The owner says he handed the robber $150 and the suspect ran off.

Just after noon, employees at Calera's One Source Pharmacy say a man walked in, showed a gun, grabbed some drugs and took off in a blue van.

Hyde was patrolling when he saw that van and the chase began, headed down Platter Road at speeds over 100mph.

Until brewer lost control, crashed in some trees and the van burst into flames.

Tom Saunders heard the impact.

"Woah, lo and behold, I hear this awful noise; this siren and I come outside," said Saunders.

"You're in charge of public safety, whether you're at administrator level or just a patrolman on the street. You've got a responsibility. If you don't do it, shame on you," said Hyde.

Brewer was not hurt and was taken to the police station, then arrested.

Bryan County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Nathan Calloway says one suspect committing several robberies is not uncommon.

"From time to time you have these chain of events where someone may commit a robbery, then shortly after, think I got away with this one; why not try another one," said Calloway.

Brewer has been taken to the Bryan County Jail. He has been booked in on armed Robbery for the pharmacy robbery and attempting to elude police.

There is still no official arrest for the liquor store robbery in Durant.


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