Darion Willhoite

Darion Willhoite

A Lawton man was charged Thursday with multiple felonies for leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Norman earlier this week.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed charges of using a vehicle while discharging a firearm, possessing a firearm during probation, attempting to aggravatedly elude police, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of marijuana against 22-year-old Darion Keis-Koval Willhoite.

According to Norman police affidavit, an Oklahoma City Police Department officer claimed to see a gold Mercury Grand Marquis, later determined to be driven by Willhoite, traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Interstate 35.

When the officer attempted to stop Willhoite, the defendant did not stop. The officer decided to not continuing pursuit, but sent out a description of the vehicle over police radio, the affidavit read.

A few minutes later, an officer with the Valley Brook Police Department in Oklahoma City saw the suspect vehicle in the 1900 block of SE 59th Street in Oklahoma City.

Police claim that Willhoite fled which caused Valley Brook officers to initiate a pursuit, which reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, the affidavit read. As the chase continued into Norman city limits, police allege Willhoite fired multiple rounds at the pursuing officers.

According to the court document, when Willhoite was driving near Lindsey Street and Highland Drive, he threw a firearm out the driver’s side window, and threw another firearm out the window in the area of the 2100 block of E. Lindsey Street.

Officers were able to arrest Willhoite without incident at Twin Creek Apartments in Norman, 1300 Creekside Drive. No one was injured during the pursuit, police confirmed.

As police were in the process of arresting Willhoite, they recovered marijuana, several handgun magazines, as well as the two firearms he allegedly threw out the window during the pursuit. One of the firearms found by police had been stolen, according to the affidavit.

Oklahoma court records show Willhoite pleaded guilty last year in Caddo County to a larceny charge. He received a five-year deferred sentence.

Felonies Filed

The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office:

• Crowley, Rodney Dylan, 26, was charged with bringing contraband into a jail.

• Bassham, Steven Tyler, 27, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and knowingly concealing stolen property.

• Michel, Xiomara Michelle, 34, faces a bogus check charge.

• Green, Rickke Leon, 64, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after a previous felony conviction.

• Wasson, Jacob Timothy, 22, faces charges of larceny from a retailer, falsely declaring ownership to a pawnbroker and a pattern criminal offense.

• Villalobos, Alejandro, 28, was charged with grand larceny.

• Felix Rodriguez, Jose Alfredo, 20, was charged with grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle without a license-misdemeanor.

• Kittinger, Shawn Michael, was charged with grand larceny from a retailer and possessing methamphetamine-misdemeanor.

• Thompson, Courtney Kolene, 37, actual physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated (second offense).

• Dewberry, Jessie Lynn, 38, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

• Barrett, Howard Glenn, 46, was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

Traffic Report


• Beaumont Street and 12th Avenue SE: At 6:25 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• E. Lindsey Street and Classen Boulevard: At 1:12 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• S. Peters Avenue and E. Main Street: At 3:14 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• E. Tecumseh Road and 12th Avenue NE: At 4:09 p.m., three vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• Kansas State and N. Pickard Avenue: At 4:20 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

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Jacob McGuire is the Crime and Courts reporter for The Norman Transcript. McGuire is currently pursuing his MPA at the University of Oklahoma.