Stillwater teen accused of leading police on high speed chase in stolen car

Gabriell Dunlap

An 18-year-old Stillwater man racked up seven total charges after he was accused of stealing of a car and leading police on a high-speed chase in the early morning hours Tuesday. Gabriell Michael Dunlap was charged Thursday in Payne County District Court with a felony count of possession of stolen vehicle, three felony counts of running roadblocks, a misdemeanor count of eluding police and a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police said they received a call of a stolen 2005 Cadillac Deville taken from the parking lot of an apartment complex between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Some time after 1 a.m., a police unit began pursuit after seeing a matching license plate to the victim’s vehicle. The officer in pursuit reported that the vehicle at one point blacked out the lights in an attempt to elude, reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour and appeared to “partially lose control numerous times during the pursuit, directly endangering the life of a juvenile passenger.”

The officer in pursuit also said the suspect vehicle rain a roadblock at Third Avenue and Doty, another at Eastern and Doty – where it struck a marked police vehicle with its emergency lights activated – and then a third roadblock at Sixth Avenue and Prairie Road.

The vehicle crashed, according to police, and both driver and passenger fled on foot before being apprehended. The juvenile told police that Dunlap entered the vehicle and took the key from the center console to start the car.

In three court appearances, Dunlap did not have an attorney present. His next schedule court appearance is for Aug. 7.