By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The second escapee from McClain County was arrested Monday afternoon, police said.
Taylor Daniel Brotherton, 27, was arrested about 3:27 in a trailer park on Brooks Street, near Whittier Middle School. Officer Lance Harper and his K-9 partner Remco found Brotherton hiding under a mobile home. Remco apprehended the suspect without incident.
Harper has only had Remco since November.
Officers had discontinued their search and the public schools ended their lockdown earlier this afternoon. Norman police maintained a presence in the search area and at Alcott, Whittier, and Jackson schools throughout the rest of the school day.
Helicopters buzzed over Norman and law enforcement officials from at least five agencies converged in area east of 24th Avenue Southwest between Lindsey and Main Streets this morning morning in search for the escapee from McClain County.
Brotherton, was a trusty at McClain County jail out on a work detail with three other trusties at the Expo Center in Purcell. On an ordinary day, the prisoners clean horse stalls and pick up trash.
“We’ve had this program for sometime,” McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said. “We’re trying to figure out if it (the escape) was a chance of opportunity or if it was prearranged.”
Brotherton was working that day with Chase Clemmons, 21, and two older inmates. Brotherton and Clemmons allegedly stole an empty county vehicle, a brown Dodge pickup and escaped. The other inmates did not attempt to escape, Hewett said.
McClain County Sheriff’s investigators are interviewing Clemmons and the two inmates who did not leave for more information.
A Washington police officer parked near a convenience store heard the dispatch report and recognized the pickup as it passed through Washington, Okla. He took up pursuit and was soon joined by McClain County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Hewett said when the truck driven by the escapees crossed the river bridge, the Norman Police Department took over the pursuit.
The prisoners crashed the truck into a stockade fence and Clemmons was captured. According to Sheriff Hewett, Clemmons said Brotherton had a weapon when he left the pickup.
“And we did find ammunition when we checked the pickup,” Hewett said.
McClain County officials are investigating how Brotherton might have obtained a handgun. Officials had not positively confirmed that Brotherton is in possession of a handgun.
More than fifty officers were involved in the search. Police concentrated the near 24th Avenue SW and Brooks Street.
During the search, a police command post was set up and all Norman schools were temporarily placed on lock-down. Officers set up a perimeter to keep the pair from crossing Interstate 35. Police were set up as far west as McGee Drive and as far north as Main Street.
The search included representatives from the OU Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cleveland and McClain counties, and the US Marshall Service.
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