Stolen vehicle pursuit ends with a fiery crash and a burned police car

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Reported by: Morgan Downing
Updated: 1/27 10:31 pm Published: 1/27 10:29 pm

A police chase, car crash and a fire all took place in the town of Chelsea Sunday night.

But that's not all that happened.

FOX23 went to the town of Chelsea to find out more about the crazy series of events.

It started out as a reckless driving call but quickly escalated into a police chase after Chelsea police officers tried to approach a white pickup.

FOX23 spoke with Travis Hogan, assistant police chief in Chelsea.

"We're a small-town police department and when our officers get involved in something like this it's a big deal," Hogan said.

He explained to FOX23 that the pickup led Chelsea officers out of town to a county road that is a dead end.

"The officer stopped the patrol unit. The passenger officer stepped out of the unit at which time the suspect vehicle struck the police unit head on. The door hit the officer, basically forced him back into the vehicle," said Hogan.

Police tell FOX23 the brakes had gone out on the police car, ending the chase in a fiery crash.

Charred leaves and trees remain where the fire broke out.

The driver of the stolen truck took off from the scene.

That's when Chelsea Police Department, Rogers County sheriff's deputies and the Cherokee Nation marshals say they found their suspect;

Twenty-six-year-old Darrel Ray Omar Jr., he was hiding behind a couch inside a Chelsea home.

"It’s good to see small towns and the sheriff's office and other agencies working together for a common good. And I think we succeeded last night," Hogan said.

Omar is being held in the Rogers county jail.

He's being charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and police said more charges could be filed.

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Howard - 1/29/2014 11:03 AM
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So glad Fox 23 got the REAL story. The story provided to channel 6 was all about it being the Rogers County Sheriffs Offices case. No mention of Chelsea or Cherokee Nation Marshals. If Rogers County is hurting for Deputies why do they need a "Press Release" person taking up a Deputies Salary???

Mayor Maynot - 1/28/2014 8:09 AM
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