Man charged under new felony law

Thursday, August 3rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- A man who allegedly led Sand Springs police on a high-speed chase has become the first person in Tulsa County to face a felony eluding an officer charge. A law that went into effect July First makes it a felony to endanger officers while trying to elude police.

Thirty-five-year-old Brian Dean Estes was charged this week in connection with a pursuit that took place after a July Tenth traffic stop.

Authorities say an officer was running a records check on the driver's license when he sped away. He was driving under suspension and the officer began a pursuit.

The chase reached speeds of 100 miles-per-hour. It began in the city limits and went into Creek County. Both the driver and the officer wrecked their cars. The driver escaped. The officer was injured.

Police are searching for Estes.