January trial set for man accused in police chase

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Brenton Hager was arrested on eight felony counts on Nov. 10, 2017, following a three-hour police chase.

NORMAN — The case of a man who broadcast part of his three-hour police chase on Facebook Live was continued until Dec. 11.

Brenton Hager's status conference was set for Wednesday, but negotiations are ongoing and require the December conference, according to a spokesperson for Judge Thad Balkman.

The spokesperson said if negotiations stop and the case continues to move toward a jury trial, motions will begin Dec. 16. The jury trial is tentatively set for Jan. 13.

Hager became well-known to state and national media outlets after a Nov. 10, 2017, police chase. Police attempted to stop Hager after identifying the truck he was driving -- a 2006 Ford F-150 -- as matching the description of a truck reported stolen weeks earlier.

Hager then led police on a nearly three-hour long chase, which started in Oklahoma County before ending in a field in Cleveland County near Moore. Hager, who broadcast part of the chase on Facebook Live, said during the broadcast that his goal was to end the chase in Cleveland County, because he preferred its jail over Oklahoma County's.

Hager was arrested on eight felony counts, including attempting to elude officers and assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was released on bail in the days following the chase but was arrested again in December 2017 for possession of a stolen vehicle and concealing stolen property. Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson said this likely attributed to trial considerations being delayed until now.

"One of the concerns is that this person, even after the original incident, was released out of jail and did the exact same thing," Gibson said. "He stole another car and got into another chase with law enforcement.

"Somebody that feels like they're going to run from the law over and over again, and not only endanger their life and law enforcement life but also endanger the lives of normal citizens, we have to act quickly to hold them accountable. We have to send a message that we aren't going to tolerate it."

Hager has been in the Cleveland County Jail since December 2017.

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