Claremore Man Jailed For Setting His House On Fire, Running From The Law

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 12:11 pm
By: News On 6

Rogers County Sheriff's Department got a call Tuesday night about a man who set his house on fire and was sitting out in his truck watching it burn with a .22 rifle in his lap. When deputies got to the home at the intersection of 4180 Road and Flintrock in Claremore, Patrick Culver took off and led authorities on an hour-long chase.

The pursuit went several miles during thunderstorms, leaving Rogers County to Nowata and Craig counties before returning to Rogers.

The chase ended when Culver got stuck in a ditch near Highway 66 and 310 Road. 

That's when deputies say the 28-year-old man tried for several minutes to blow up his truck. Finally, he jumped out and took off over a fence. He was eventually taken into custody, and the rifle was recovered from the driver's seat of his truck.

Culver is in the Rogers County Jail on complaints of arson, eluding, reckless driving, resisting arrest, obstructing the law and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit and arrest, a news release states.