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Deputies arrest wanted fugitive after pursuit

Deputy Colton Goff, left, and Deputy Shane Petree, right, escorting fugitive Jacob Wilkerson

after a rain drenching pursuit. (Photo by Sheriff Larry Lane)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - Sequoyah County deputies arrested a wanted fugitive Tuesday morning after a high-speed-vehicle chase and a foot pursuit during a heavy downpour, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Deputy Colton Goff attempted to stop a car for a bogus tag violation. The driver sped off driving north on Dwight Mission road. Goff pursued the vehicle for several miles with speeds reaching 90 mph. The suspect drove through a construction zone, hitting a road closed sign, and causing damage to his vehicle. The vehicle chase finally ended one mile north of Pinhook Corner when the suspect abandoned his car and fled on foot.

Wilkerson's abandoned vehicle. (Photo by Sheriff Larry Lane)

The male suspect, identified as Jacob Wilkerson, ran across a field and entered a wooded area. Deputy Goff pursued the suspect on foot through the heavy rain and was able to catch up to him and taze him twice. According to Sheriff Lane the tazer had no affect on the subject. He then attempted to take the tazer away from the deputy. Goff forced Wilkerson to the ground and held him in place until Deputy Shane Petree arrived and helped place Wilkerson in handcuffs.

Wilkerson was wanted in Arkansas for several outstanding warrants related to controlled dangerous substance charges. He was also wanted in Sebastion County, Ark. for theft of property.

Wilkerson was arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail. Sheriff Lane said that Wilkerson will now face additional charges including eluding and assault and battery of a police officer.

"You might run from us, but you'll just go to jail tired and wet," Sheriff Lane said.

KXMX News Staff

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