A Shawnee man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase along Interstate 40 while driving a stolen truck was sentenced Wednesday to serve 20 years with the Department of Corrections, with 10 years of that in prison and 10 years out on probation.
Ernest Terrell McDade, 20, was charged with five felony counts and previously pleaded guilty in the case.
Before his sentence was handed down Wednesday by District Judge John Canavan, a video of the pursuit from a trooper’s dash camera was played in the courtroom.
McDade was sentenced to 20 years in prison for larceny of an automobile, with 10 years to be served in prison and 10 years out on probation.
For endangering others while attempting to elude police and a count of running a roadblock, he received concurrent five-year terms on each.
For two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, counts filed after he allegedly rammed the patrol cars of state troopers, McDade was sentenced to 10 years with DOC for each of those counts, also concurrently.
McDade was accused of stealing a 2000 Chevrolet pickup from a woman at a Shawnee convenience store at Kickapoo and Highland Streets back in March.
The pursuit began when a Shawnee police officer passed the store moments after the theft and noticed the erratically driven pickup and tried to make a traffic stop. A pursuit eventually made it to I-40, where other officers and state troopers also became involved.
Charges alleged McDade attempted to ram two troopers’ patrol units during that chase. Several passing motorists also were forced off the road, but no injuries were reported in the ordeal, which occurred from Shawnee going westbound toward the Oklahoma County line.
McDade was ordered to pay court costs and the sentences also run concurrently with an unrelated 2011 felony case. In that matter, McDade received a 20-year sentence with 10 in and 10 out on probation for larceny of an automobile and five years for possession of a stolen vehicle.
McDade will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he’s transferred to a state penitentiary.