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February 20, 2014

High-speed chase takes deputies across NE OK

CLAREMORE — Rogers County deputies had no idea a routine traffic stop Monday would lead to a high- speed chase across Green Country.

The suspect Timothy J. Templeton, 36, of Broken Arrow was traveling on I-44 at approximately 12:28 a.m. in his white 1996 Ford Mustang.

Deputy Nate Cooper activated his emergency lights and then the suspect’s vehicle accelerated, passing an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper, on a traffic stop on the 193rd E. Ave. off ramp. “The Mustang nearly hit the vehicle that the trooper had stopped, and did not slow for trooper that had his emergency lights activated,” Cooper said.

The suspect turned southbound on 193rd E. Ave. and quickly accelerated reaching speeds of approximately 110 mph., according to Cooper. The suspect continued through the city streets running one vehicle off the road, according to police records.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol was assisted by Catoosa Police Department joined in the pursuit.

“The suspect did not have any regard for anyone’s safety. The suspect turned east bound on 41st Street and again quickly accelerated,” Cooper said.

Templeton continued to race through town reaching speeds of approximately 120 mph, even losing control and running into the ditch at one point, according to police records.

Coweta Police Department entered the pursuit when the suspect entered Highway 51 where the suspect continued westbound reaching speeds of more than 140 mph.

Templeton traveled into oncoming traffic then striking a utility pole while attempting to avoid a roadblock.

The vehicle caught fire and responding units slowly approached the vehicle, according to Cooper.

Officers found three loaded firearms, a large amount of cash and a large bag of methamphetamine while rescuing Templeton from the car.

EMS transferred Templeton to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Templeton will face charges, including trafficking illegal drugs, eluding an officer, assault with a deadly weapon, running a roadblock. Arresting agencies include the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Catoosa, Coweta and Broken Arrow police departments, Coweta EMS and Coweta Fire Department.

This is not Templeton’s first encounter with law enforcement. He recently concluded his participation in Tulsa County Drug Court.

On April 27, Templeton wrote in his Facebook page, “Well I’m officially out of Tulsa Drug Court. Wanna say thanks to all my friends and family for this past 18 months really thanks for everything I know I got a lot to prove to everyone, but I got this time to get on with it.”

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