The Norman Transcript

January 22, 2014

Man charged after high speed chase

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A Norman man was charged Tuesday after attempting to elude police during a high speed pursuit and foot pursuit Monday through Cleveland County.

Randall Levi Lewis, 33, was charged with a felony count of endangering others while attempting to elude a police officer and two misdemeanor counts, including driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage.

Noble police attempted to conduct a traffic stop Monday near the 500 block of North Main Street after seeing Lewis traveling in a 1998 Infinity with a defective windshield and not wearing a seatbelt, according to the affidavit filed with the charges.

At that time, the Infinity went into the parking lot of Taco Mayo and accelerated quickly. The officer had already activated his emergency lights and siren, the document states.

The officer pursued the vehicle eastbound on Etowah Road at about 100 miles per hour. Around Spring Road, Lewis began digging through his console and threw something that looked like a clear plastic baggy out the window, the affidavit said.

Lewis then slowed to about 50 miles per hour and continued at that speed until he reached 72nd Street and Etowah Road, where he turned south on 72nd Street. Lewis then turned east on Rutherford Road, the affidavit said.

After turning, Lewis “pulled his vehicle abruptly to the shoulder of the roadway into a rural residence’s back yard,” the affidavit said.

Lewis got out of the vehicle from the driver’s side and fled on foot. The officer notified dispatch and continued chasing Lewis through an open grassy area, giving him verbal orders to stop, the document said.

“The vehicle continued rolling into a metal fence, where property was damaged,” the affidavit said. “At one point, the defendant turned back and stopped for a brief second with something black in his hand, using almost a pointing motion toward (the officer). I immediately ordered the defendant to the ground again and unholstered my service weapon from its secure position.”

Lewis didn’t comply and continued to run southeast on foot into a wooded area, at which point the officer took cover behind a building and waited for another unit to arrive to set up a perimeter and search the area, the document said.

Upon initial search, Lewis was not located, but while conducting inventory of the vehicle, Noble dispatch advised that the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office located and detained Lewis, the affidavit said.

Lewis was taken into custody and transported to the Cleveland County Justice Center.

The Norman man has previously been convicted of or pled guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen motor vehicle parts in December 2012 in Cleveland County District Court. He was also convicted or pled guilty to escape from arrest or detention in January 2013 in McClain County District Court, according to an enhancement page filed with the charges Tuesday.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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