A suspect driver who allegedly ran a red light in front of a Shawnee police officer Feb. 9 and ended up leading police on a chase along Interstate 40 before crashing the stolen car near Oklahoma City is now formally charged.
Geoffrey W. Kennedy, 32, of Oklahoma City, is now charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with felonies of possession of a stolen vehicle, endangering others while eluding or attempting to elude police, running a road block and a misdemeanor of larceny of merchandise from retailer.
Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford said it all began when a Shawnee officer was at Kickapoo and I-40 and saw the driver of a 2006 Maroon Honda Accord run a red light.
The officer attempted a traffic stop, she said, but the driver entered westbound I-40 and a pursuit began.
During the initial part of the case, the officer received information that the suspect vehicle and suspect matched the description of a petit larceny that had just occurred at Shawnee’s T.J. Maxx, she said.
In the area of McLoud, a McLoud police officer put out stop sticks, but the driver failed to stop.
Lozano-Stafford said the chase continued on westbound I-40 before the driver tried to exit onto Harrah-Newalla road at a high rate of speed.
There, the driver lost control and crashed the vehicle into a ditch.
The driver fled on foot, she said, but police caught up to him in the area of 89th Street and Dobbs. Police also confirmed at the scene that the vehicle in that pursuit had previously been stolen out of Oklahoma City.
The driver, Geoffrey W. Kennedy, 32, was checked out medically at the scene and then transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, she said.
He remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
A female passenger who was in the car was taken by EMSA to an Oklahoma City hospital, she added. That passenger's name was not released by police.