Chase suspect accused of choking K-9 officer during standoff

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OWASSO, Okla. - Quick Facts: 

  • An Owasso officer tried to stop a driver allegedly speeding along Highway 169
  • The driver led a chase into rural Rogers County, where he crashed and refused to get out of his car
  • Police tried to use pepper spray, then deployed K-9 officer Samson   
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  • The suspect allegedly pinned Samson to the windshield and choked him
  • The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Myron Sanders

A Claremore man went to jail on several charges after a traffic stop, police chase and standoff through Owasso. 

It began around 11 p.m. when an Owasso officer spotted a car going more than 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour construction zone on Highway 169. 

When the officer tried to pull over the driver, the driver sped up, reaching speeds of more than 90 miles per hour and trying to ram his car into officers. 

He lost control of the car in rural Rogers County, near E 500 Road and S 4120 Road. 

Police said the suspect then refused to come out of the car. Police used pepper spray, which seemed to have no effect on the suspect. 

They deployed Owasso K-9 Officer Samson to get the suspect out of the car. The driver allegedly grabbed Samson by the throat, pinned him against the windshield, and continued to choke him. Police said Samson could be heard gasping for breath. 

Police got the suspect out of the car and took care of Samson, who appeared to have suffered no serious injuries or lasting effects from the incident. 

The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Myron Sanders. He was arrested on complaints of resisting an officer, mistreating a police dog, assault with a deadly weapon, transporting an open container, driving under a suspended license, littering, eluding a police officer, running a roadblock, speeding and driving under the influence. 

He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries before being booked into jail. 

In January Samson was rescued when smoke from a nearby grass fire covered his kennel. 

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