VIDEO: Dash cam released in Bryan County pursuit that seriously injured a trooper
A man has been sentenced to thirty years in prison after he was found guilty of leading troopers on a chase that ended with one of them seriously hurt two years ago. For the first time, dash cam video was released from the trooper's perspective.
The chase started west of Durant on highway 70 on December 19, 2015.
Trooper David McCutcheon tried to pull over Marcus Ray Smith after he noticed Smith's tags were expired and he'd made an illegal turn, but Smith took off.
"We're passed Ranchette," was said in audio from the dash cam.
"Began a treacherous, a very dangerous pursuit," said Trooper McCutcheon. "Speeds in excess in 150 miles per hour."
The chase lasted about five miles.
"(Inaudible) going back southbound," was said in audio from the dash cam.
"What happened that night endangered so many people," said Trooper McCutcheon. "The majority of the pursuit was in oncoming traffic."
"He's eastbound in the westbound lane, watch out," was said in audio from the dash cam.
Trooper McCutcheon then had to do a tactical vehicle intervention to stop Smith causing Smith to crash, but also causing McCutcheon to crash and catching the trooper's car on fire. McCutcheon was flown to Plano for serious neck and back injuries.
"Everything seems to be going good just a few more tests on my neck," said McCutcheon.
Smith was arrested on a slew of charges and was found guilty for assault with a dangerous weapon, driving a car under the influence of drugs causing great bodily injury and felony eluding. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
"While we're not able to render a sentencing as troopers, I feel that justice was served in this case," said McCutcheon.
As for McCutcheon, he continues to recover and looks forward to getting back to work.
"Being a trooper gets in your blood," said McCutcheon. "They need troopers, they need emergency personnel, they need folks like that are willing to take those risks to keep the safe motoring public safe."
Trooper McCutcheon said he has gone through a couple of surgeries for his lower back over the past two years. He said he has to get a neck check up before getting the approval to get back to work, hopefully in the new year.