Car crashes into Durant business amid police pursuit

DURANT, OK -- A police pursuit through downtown Durant ended shortly after the suspect crashed his vehicle into a business.

Durant Police say they arrested Michael Avery after he led them on a chase, hit two vehicles then crashed into a business. One of those hurt was the receptionist and employees say they are still shaken up.

Employees at Rustin Concrete are left to clean up the mess after a car slammed into their office around 2:15 Monday afternoon.

"It sounded sort of like an explosion," Charla Rustin, the Office Manger, said.

"I heard this really loud boom," Kelli Harner, a Rustin Concrete employee, said.

When employees rushed to see what happened they found the receptionist trapped in the rubble.

"She was just trying to get out from underneath. We had some guys come in from the back and helping her get out. I mean it was like that fast we had people coming in to help her," Harner said.

"She has some lacerations and glass in her," Rustin said.

Police say she was taken to a McKinney hospital. Her co-workers say she is expected to be okay and are thankful for that.

"I mean she could have been killed," Harner said.

Durant Police say they were chasing Michael Avery when he crashed into two vehicles on East Main Street, then plowed into Rustin Concrete. Officers say after the crash Avery tried to make a get away on foot.

" I was walking back from calling 911 and he ran past me, down the hall and out the back door," Harner said.

Avery was arrested a short time later. Authorities say an officer who approached Avery was also injured and has since been treated and released from a nearby hospital. Police say Avery was wanted on multiple felony warrants and that his vehicle matched the description of a car seen earlier during a burglary call.

Those at Rustin Concrete say they are still in shock, but say they will rebuild and move forward.

"We're just trying to get everything cleaned up so that we can board that up, and we don't have to worry about anything on the inside, and we'll just come back tomorrow and see where it goes from there," Harner said.

Officers say a person in one of the vehicles that Avery initially crashed into was also taken to the hospital. No word on that person's condition. Police say Avery was also injured.


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