Man Steals Frito lays Truck, Leads Police on Long Pursuit


Saturday, March 20th 2021, 6:01 pm
By: Hunter McKee, News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -

An hour-long pursuit with police ends with one man’s arrest. Saturday morning Police say this man stole a Frito Lay truck from a gas station near NW 39th and May. News 9’s    

According to police, the driver of the truck parked and walked into a Circle K, but left his keys inside the vehicle. Once he came out, the truck was gone. After calling the police, the driver noticed the truck was parked in a nearby parking lot. However, as he tried to approach, the suspect sped off and the chase was on. 

"He ended up getting onto Hefner Parkway northbound and just kept driving," said Jeff Spruill, with Oklahoma City Police. "He ended up way out into the rural roads." 

Multiple agencies including OHP, Garfield, and Logan County deputies assisted. Josh Sanders said he was driving along when all of a sudden he saw a caravan of law enforcement and their headlights behind him. 

"I pulled over and then this big ole Frito Lay truck came over the hill, went over into the ditch and got back up onto the road," Sanders said. 

Police say speeds only got to around 65 miles-per-hour… but it was the size of the truck that made it difficult to stop.. 

"The vehicle swerved toward law enforcement vehicles at least three times as if he was purposely trying to hit them," said Spruill. 

The truck did hit at least one county vehicle, as agencies tried using stop sticks to slow it down.

 "He also swerved toward a state trooper at one point," Spruill said. "The trooper began actually began firing rifle rounds toward the truck to try and disable it."

The Frito truck finally came to a stop near 30th and East Southgate road, just south of Enid. Police say 34-year-old Joshua Karpe was taken into custody.  

No one was injured during the chase.