A Shawnee man is jailed on numerous felony complaints following a high-speed chase that included an officer firing three shots after the suspect rolled his pickup and rammed two police cars in further attempts to flee.
Tommy P. Martin, 30, was taken into custody after the truck he was driving became stuck in mud. Martin was jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Wednesday night on a $100,000 bond.
He was held on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, attempting to elude and endangering other persons, malicious injury to property, resisting arrest and other traffic violations. Formal charges have not been filed.
The case began when Sgt. John Goss, on patrol about 11:49 p.m. Tuesday night, tried to stop a 1990 Chevrolet pickup being driven at a high rate of speed on MacArthur Street near Airport Road.
Goss initiated his patrol vehicle's lights and sirens, but the truck continued westbound through the MacArthur Street tunnel before passing another westbound vehicle, which caused an eastbound vehicle to take evasive action.
The pursuit continued to northbound U.S. 177, the report shows, where speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour. The report shows the chase continued to westbound Interstate 40, with Martin exiting on SH 102 and going southbound. In that area, he allegedly ran the stop sign to travel Belcher Road around the Shawnee Twin Lakes dam before making a turn onto Pecan Grove Road.
During that part of the chase, Martin lost control of the pickup, causing it to overturn three times, with the truck landing on its wheels and facing Goss' patrol unit, the report shows.
Goss stopped his unit in front of the truck and McLoud Officer Daniel Lazar also stopped his patrol car, with about six feet separating each patrol car.
As Goss exited his vehicle to approach the suspect vehicle, "I heard the driver of the suspect vehicle revving his engine," the report reads.
As Goss ran back to his unit, Martin allegedly drove toward the officers and rammed the patrol SUV as well as the McLoud officer's patrol car, the report shows, so Goss took action.
"I was in fear of my life and the McLoud Officer's life and I fired three rounds at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the vehicle," the narrative shows, but the truck continued westbound and then south over an embankment.
There, the vehicle got stuck as Goss continued to yell at the driver to stop.
"The driver kept his foot on the gas and his tires were spinning," the report shows, until there was traction and the pickup went over the embankment into a 20-foot ditch.
Page 2 of 2 - The driver traveled another 200 yards before the pickup became stuck in mud. At that point, Martin reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and threw his hands into the air as two McLoud officers took him into custody, the report shows.
Martin, who had minor injuries, was checked at the scene by paramedics before being transported to the jail.
According to police and court records, Martin has prior felony convictions and numerous traffic violations on his record.
Among his past felony convictions are possession of an explosive device with intent to intimidate, aggravated driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, as well as assault and battery.
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