A potential traffic stop for speeding became a high-speed pursuit that ended with multiple charges against a Stillwater man and three of his passengers.
Laquantae Weece, 18, was identified by Payne County Sheriff’s deputies as the driver. An adult passenger, Joshuwan Overstreet, 18 of Tulsa, was also charged. Two of the passengers were minors who were put into juvenile custody.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on June 20, a deputy took a radar readout of a car going 20 miles over the posted speed limit in the area of Highway 51 and Council Valley Road. The deputy began to pull over the vehicle, which at first stopped on the shoulder before speeding off, according to the report. During the pursuit, deputies say the car reached speeds between 100-120 miles per hour and continued into Stillwater city limits.
Stop sticks were placed in an effort to end the pursuit. Deputies reported that the car swerved and avoided one barricade but another set of stop sticks were successful on Sixth and Drury. Despite four deflating tires, the car continued to evade police and even went through another roadblock until it began to lose a wheel and struck a patrol car.
After pulling the occupants from the vehicle, a search revealed firearms along with items that had been reported stolen including a medical bag for use in treating diabetes. It was also revealed that the car had been reported stolen June 12 out of Stillwater, according to the report.
One of the passengers told police that two cars were stolen out of Stillwater, one of which was sold in Tulsa, but that the driver, Weece, had kept the other.
Weece was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude, three counts of running a roadblock, one count of assault and battery on a police officer, one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and one count of knowingly concealing stolen property. Overstreet was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and knowingly concealing stolen property.
Both are expected Thursday in Payne County District Court.