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February 12, 2013

2 McClain County escapees caught, one after lengthy chase

NORMAN — Two men reported as escapees from the McClain County jail were arrested Monday by Norman Police, but one of those eluded law enforcement officers for several hours before being apprehended by a Norman K-9 unit.

Taylor Daniel Brotherton, 27, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. in a mobile home park on Brooks Street, near Whittier Middle School. Officer Lance Harper and his K-9 partner Remco found Brotherton hiding under a mobile home.

“At this point, we have no charges on (Brotherton),” Norman Police Sgt. Jennifer Newell said. “We released him to McClain County.”

Officers had discontinued their search, and the public schools ended their lock-down earlier Monday afternoon. Norman police maintained a presence at Alcott, Whittier and Jackson schools throughout the rest of the school day.

“Nobody had seen him,” Newell said. “When you can’t find someone, it’s always good to go back to the point where you started.”

Newell said a patrol officer spotted the suspect, who saw the officer and ran. Plain clothes officers tried to follow, but the suspect disappeared.

“They saw where he ran to and brought the dog in,” Newell said.

Several K-9 units had been involved in the search earlier in the day. Harper and Remco were nearby and arrived on the scene quickly.

“It was a fresh track,” Harper said. “I deployed the dog. He pulled me to this trailer where the suspect was hiding underneath it.”

Harper said he called out a warning and told the suspect to come out, but there was no response. He sent Remco under the trailer, where the dog got the suspect by the jacket and brought him out.

Newell said police K-9 partners are valuable members of the law enforcement team.

“Most everyone is afraid of a patrol dog,” Newell said.

Without the dog, police would have needed more resources to surround the trailer and bring Brotherton out. He had been reported as possibly armed, indicating potential danger for law enforcement officers.

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