Body Cam Captures Intense Moments Of Muskogee Police Chase


Tuesday, May 17th 2016, 8:59 pm
By: News On 6


Newly released police body camera footage shows the intense moments of a high-speed chase that ended in a crash.

The body camera footage shows a truck crashing out and rolling over. Moments later, a suspect is spotted crawling through the window and running away.

Minutes before the crash, police say Kristopher Buchanan had nearly hit an officer while darting across lanes near Eastline Blvd. and Callahan in Muskogee.

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If he's gonna do that in front of an officer he does not care,” said Muskogee Police Officer Lincoln Anderson.

When the officer turned on his light and sirens, video footage shows the suspect pull into a parking lot, ultimately starting a nearly five-minute chase that winded through major streets and neighborhoods.

"Watching the body camera footage, [he] drove through three yards [and] ran at least 11 stops that I could count," added Lincoln.

Initiating a police chase can be a split second decision, and with that suspect almost hitting an officer and running through an EMS lawn, police knew they couldn't let him go.

"Regardless if we are behind him or not, he committed several felonies,” Lincoln stated. “We can't let him continue on and get down the road another mile and end up killing somebody.”

The video shows the suspect not only speeding through stops signs but also shows him driving on the wrong side of the road. At one point, you see a car veer over to avoid being hit. A short while later, the suspect runs through a stop sign, hits a car and wrecks.

The officer's body camera footage shows the passenger run off, but he was soon caught and tased. Police also quickly found Buchanan a few blocks away hiding in a dump truck.

Police say they found signs of drug use in the crashed out truck.

No one was hurt inside the car that Buchanan hit and his passenger was not arrested.