Charges filed in high-speed pursuit
November 6, 2009
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A Shawnee man, who allegedly led authorities on a high-speed pursuit through Pottawatomie and Oklahoma counties Oct. 26, has been formally charged with two felonies and eight misdemeanor counts. Christopher Jay Harrell, 22, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
He is charged with the felony count of eluding a peace officer in a manner that endangers another. He is accused of driving a 2001 Honda motorcycle on Kickapoo Street between West 36th and West 45th Streets when he eluded Deputy Joe McGirt, who tried to conduct a traffic stop.
“The defendant endangered numerous other persons who were using the same roadway … by passing on the right side of the roadway at a high rate of speed, then moving into oncoming lanes of traffic after failing to stop at a red traffic light at the intersection of 45th and Kickapoo Street,” the charge alleges.
In a second felony count, Harrell is accused of running a roadblock at Pecan Grove Road and SH 102 as the pursuit continued.
He also is charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to stop at a stop light at Kickapoo and Kickapoo Spur, and then seven counts of failure to stop at stop signs, located at: Benedict and Leo, Kennedy and Kickapoo Spur, Broadway and Independence, Broadway and Federal, Broadway and MacArthur, Broadway and 36th Street and Kickapoo and West 36th Street, charges allege.
The pursuit continued for more than 30 minutes and ended in Oklahoma County where Harrell allegedly surrendered to state troopers without incident.
Harrell was jailed following the incident but has since posted bond. According to Pottawatomie County Court records, Harrell has been cited for numerous traffic violations in recent years, including reckless driving and speeding. If convicted of the two felony counts in this case, he could face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 in each count, and/or imprisonment for not less than one year or more than five years. Each misdemeanor counts has varying punishments upon conviction, such as fines and imprisonment up to 10 days for each violation.