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Car Fire Leads To Foot Chase Down Hwy. 287

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Amber Jamiel Sullivan, 31 Amber Jamiel Sullivan, 31
Joseph Lee Sorrell, 34 Joseph Lee Sorrell, 34

A car caught fire on railroad tracks in Clay County and the driver ran away, leading to an all out search down a major Texoma highway. It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday on the railroad tracks near Hwy 287 and Stephens Ranch Road.

A Clay County deputies said Joseph Lee Sorrell, 34 was drunk when he made a wrong turn and ended up on the tracks. The vehicle caught fire - possibly from revving the wheels on the tracks - and the Sorrell and passenger
Amber Jamiel Sullivan ran off.

Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies also helped look for and chase the Sorrell down Hwy 287. When he was caught near the Wilson Overpass, he admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage earlier that evening, and was confused as to where he was.

He also told deputies he had marijuana in the car, and had "smoked two joints" earlier. The deputy was unable to confirm that because the car was fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews managed to put out the blaze.

Sullivan, 31, who was also in the car, had left the scene barefoot. Deputies believe she left her shoes, purse, and other essential items in the car, but was carrying a pillow down the road. She told deputies she'd had one shot of liquor, but was unsteady and had to sit on the ground for her own safety.
 
Sorrell and Sullivan are charged with public intoxication. There were no reports of any injuries.