Altus Police Officer injured in pursuit that ended in Vernon

JUST IN: Altus Police Officer injured in pursuit that ended in Vernon

Vernon police have confirmed that one suspect is in custody after a pursuit ended near the Hotel Vernon Friday afternoon.

The pursuit began in Altus, Oklahoma when 23-year-old Devon Johnson fled from officers.

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphey says the officer received injuries to his legs and chest after being dragged for approx. 55 ft.

That officer was transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital while other Altus police officers pursued the red Mustang South bound on Hwy 283, with speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.

The 2006 Ford Mustang fled into Texas where Vernon Police and Texas DPS Troopers intercepted the pursuit, deploying a spike strip.

Vernon Police Chief Chief Randy Agan says the spike strip was successful, though the pursuit continued into Vernon.

The vehicle stopped in the 1700 block of Dawson Street, near Hotel Vernon. Agan says Johnson fled from the vehicle on foot but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

Johnson is being held in the Wilbarger County Jail on felony charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Attempting to Elude along with multiple traffic related offenses.

The injured officer was treated and later released from the hospital.

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