Texas man charged in multi-state chase with stolen ATV

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 11:21 AM CDT
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A Texas man is charged with several felonies in both Oklahoma and Texas after leading officers on a chase through three Texoma counties Friday afternoon.

Video taken on Friday near Thackerville, OK shows the side by side ATV driving south in the northbound lanes on I-35, dodging semi-trucks in the rain.

Capt. Keith Ingle of the Ardmore Police Department said around 4 p.m. A & A equipment in Ardmore was putting away its equipment for the day when 47-year-old Jeffrey Elmore stole a Polaris four-seat side by side, valued around $20,000.

While officers were taking the report, they got a tip from someone who saw a side by side near the interstate.

"We had officers in the area looking," Ingle said. "We were able to get behind and attempt to make a stop on it. He just looked back at them and went as fast as he could go to try to get away."

Ardmore police chased the side by side to the Carter County line where Love County sheriff's deputies took over the pursuit.

Speeds reached about 70 miles an hour.

"That's as fast as that particular unit will go," Ingle said. "So he had it going as fast as it would go, trying to get away."

When the chase crossed the Red River Bridge into Texas, a Cooke County deputy deployed stop sticks on the northbound service road near FM 1202.

Elmore turned west on Corporate Drive and drove through a field into a tree line where he was arrested.

Elmore faces charges of evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Texas as well as grand larceny and eluding in Oklahoma.

He is being held in the Cooke County Justice Center on a $20,000 bond.