NORMAN — Three women are in the hospital following a multi-jurisdiction high-speed pursuit that ended just east of Norman Friday morning, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson Sarah Stewart.
Stewart said one of the women and the driver of the vehicle involved in the chase, identified by law enforcement as 27-year-old Daydrion Nicole Dennis, will be booked into the Cleveland County jail after being released from the hospital on complaints of eluding, a felony, as well as the felony warrant that police believe caused her to flee.
At some point, four people were in the car, including one male and three females, but the male bailed out somewhere in Norman during the pursuit, Stewart said.
“When the pursuit ended, there were three females still in the vehicle,” she said.
Oklahoma City Police spokesperson MSgt. Gary Knight saidofficers started pursuing Dennis just after 10:30 a.m. near Interstate 40 and Portland Avenue. Knight said a short time later, the pursuit was called off.
About 30 minutes later, Norman Police located Dennis driving in Norman, and they initiated a pursuit, eventually requesting assistance from OHP when the chase started heading out east of Norman toward Lake Thunderbird.
Stewart said two OHP units were in the area, one of which executed the Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) maneuver that disabled the suspect’s vehicle near 108th Avenue SE and Highway 9.
She said in cases like that, the decision to utilize TVI lies on the troopers in pursuit.
“[Dennis] was going through Norman streets at an excess of 100 miles per hour, and that vehicle was showing no signs of stopping,” Stewart said.
Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson, who is a law enforcement driving instructor and trained to teach TVI to officers, supported the trooper’s decision to TVI.
“It was an effective use of TVI,” he said. “Everyone walked away. I would have rather that happen than see them continue driving over 100 miles per hour down a rural road and crash into another car. That would most likely be something that no one would walk away from.”
Gibson said the sheriff’s office, which doesn’t currently train its deputies to use TVI, is moving in the direction of training them in TVI.
“High-speed pursuits are inherently dangerous. The longer we allow them to continue, the higher the chances of someone getting hurt. We want to bring them to a safe ending as quickly as possible. One way we can do that is by utilizing TVI,” he said. “We’ve identified two vehicles that we plan on equipping with the necessary equipment to perform the maneuver for training purposes. After that, it’s a matter of training our deputies.”
Dennis was issued traffic citations by Oklahoma City officers, Knight said.
Oklahoma court records show Dennis pleaded guilty to grand larceny, a felony, in 2015. She was sentenced to five years probation. Records show Dennis has an ongoing traffic case in Cleveland County for allegedly operating a motor vehicle without a license.
She failed to appear for a court date in July, so Cleveland County Judge Scott Brockman issued a warrant for her arrest.