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A High Speed Chase Involving A Stolen City Vehicle Ends In An Arrest in Miami

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A high speed police chase in Miami, Oklahoma ends in the arrest of a suspect. The chase involved a man in a utility vehicle he stole earlier in the morning from the city of Miami. The pursuit ended in a field owned by the Miami Country Club, where police caught and arrested a man for the crime. 

It all started when a man entered the Miami Public Utilities Operating Center at 4:30 Wednesday morning, filling a big white utility truck with expensive copper wire and tools and then driving away. Derric Lollar is the line crew foreman for the City who first noticed the truck was gone around 8AM.
 
"I couldn't believe that somebody actually did it, I know it's a city truck, but it feels like it's a personal attack against everybody," Lollar said.

Lollar says the gate to the center was open to the facility, because crews had been responding to a power outage call earlier in the morning. And not only that, but Miami Police say the man responsible broke into the same facility about a month ago to steal more tools and equipment.
 
"He's a frequent flyer, he's been arrested several times," said Captain Thomas Anderson.
 
Police say they spotted the vehicle shortly after 8 AM while on routine patrol, but when eye contact with the suspect was made, the stolen vehicle sped off, leading officers in a chase through town and into this field owned by the Miami Country Club. 

"After a short pursuit he did get out and run, and he was spotted shortly there after, by an assisting agency," Anderson said.
 
Anderson says police spotted him sneaking along a grouping of trees. And once arrested, police say they found meth related items on his person as well. And while it feels personal for Lollar and his crew, Anderson says he has no connection to the facility.

"I think he just had good luck there and a quick turn on tools and get quick money for drugs," Anderson said.
 
And as for Lollar, he says the truck is back and has sustained only minimal damage, but if he had gotten away it would have cost the city about $100,000 dollars in loss for equipment and the truck itself. And Lollar says he hopes this time the court system prevents him from doing it again. 

No charges have been brought against the suspect at this time, but the Ottawa County District Attorney's Office says they are familiar with the man in question. And that if he is charged, it will likely come around 9:30AM tomorrow during court arraignments.    

For a link to the City's website, click here. 

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