Man arrested after Pontotoc County pursuit Sunday morning

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - What began as a traffic stop for a bad license plate turned into a chase in Ada around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Ada Police officers tried to pull over 41-year-old David Stokes for improper tag display, but he did not comply and took off toward Byng in his silver Ford Escape.

Lt. Brett Sayre with OHP Troop F said troopers tried to deploy stop sticks near Byng to end the chase but Stokes was able to drive around them.

After about three miles, an OHP trooper did manage to spin him out but he was able to regain control and keep going.

"It really was like two boxers fighting," Sayre said. "It was a slug fest where the bad guy was trying to ram into the trooper and the trooper was getting out of the way. The trooper was trying set up to bring the pursuit to an end."

Stokes tried several times to slam on his breaks to damage law enforcement vehicles.

Officers said the chase reached speeds of 65 MPH in some residential neighborhoods.

Stokes turned onto Pruitt Road, just east of U.S. 377 where the trooper made one last effort to spin him out and was successful.

"We got him pinned up against the fence where his vehicle couldn't go anymore," Sayre said. "The suspect was still trying to back up and get away but Ada Police arrived, Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office arrived, and Lighthorse PD arrived and helped box the car in. The suspect was taken into custody."

Stokes faces felony charges of running a road block, attempting to elude and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

No one was injured in the chase.

Court records show Stokes is being held on a $50,000 bond and will be back in court September 4th.