Man crashes truck after leading officers on chase through three counties Monday

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (KXII) - A man is in the hospital after he wrecked out, ending a high speed chase through three southern Oklahoma counties early Monday morning.

Thackerville police chief Stephen Ortega pulled over a driver after making an illegal U-turn just before 4 a.m. Monday.

Ortega's body camera recorded a short interaction near the Thackerville Elementary School.

"What's going on, man?" Ortega asked.

"I'm trying to find my friend. She’s walking down the road in the dark," the driver said.

That's when Ortega said he saw a pistol under the driver's leg.

"Alright, go ahead and step out for me," Ortega said to the driver.

That's when the driver, identified as 24-year-old Joshua Rember, sped off in his Ford pickup truck.

"You know, he took off. It was pretty tense, seeing a firearm and then told him 'Hey, step out' and he just…I had no idea what would happen after that," Ortega said.

Ortega followed Rember on I-35 to Marietta, to Madill and through Bryan County.

Officers from several agencies helped out.

Speeds reached up to 100 miles an hour at one point.

"He was driving on the wrong side of the road several times, into oncoming traffic," Ortega said.

About an hour and a half later, Rember lost control of his truck and rolled it, about a mile west of Kenefic on State Highway 22 in Bryan County.

He was ejected and later flown to Medical City in McKinney, TX with head and internal injuries.

Ortega said Rember will face charges in Love County for reckless driving and felony eluding as well as charges in Bryan County.
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