By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into DBI company property at 600 N. Euchee Valley Road, stealing a 2016 Dodge 2500 truck, and attempting to elude a Payne County sheriff’s deputy by speeding into Lincoln County where he crashed into a tree.
As part of a plea bargain with the prosecution approved in court Tuesday, Christopher James McDonald, 32, was placed on seven years’ probation with an order to pay $1,000 restitution along with other fees, have a substance abuse evaluation, follow its recommendations, and undergo random drug tests.
Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Henninger had been sent at 1:57 am on the day before last Thanksgiving to DBI for an alarm call on company property, an affidavit said.
The company property has “a pipe gate with a metal tab welded on the pipe to secure the chain with a lock,” the affidavit said. The tab was broken off and pry marks were on the south walk-in door at the business, the affidavit said.
Missing from the property was “a 2016 white Dodge 2500 four-door long bed diesel truck with a dark room on it (camper shell) with a dent in the rear bumper; the camper shell had the business name on both sides,” a DBI employee said, according to the affidavit.
GPS on the truck indicated that it was at East 80th and Rosebud, the affidavit said.
“When I arrived in the area, I observed a set of tail lights…As I attempted to get closer to the vehicle, it started accelerating,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“I advised dispatch that I was in pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle went south on Rosebud from 80th, east on Fairlawn, then south on Skinner Ave. to Highway 33. Once on Highway 33, the vehicle went west to Oak Grove at a speed of 96 mph. The vehicle turned south on Oak Grove Road,” and ran the stop sign at Oak Grove and 9th, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“The vehicle continued through Eseco Rd. and Texaco Rd. continuing south into Lincoln County. The vehicle continued south on N3570 Rd. and crashed into a tree approximately one-half of a mile south of Texaco and N3570 Rd.
“When I approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, I observed the rear drive door to be open. I observed footprints in the mud heading south from the vehicle. I followed the footprints south until I could not locate the footprints any more. I was unable to locate the subject,” that day, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
Found in the truck were two backpacks, one of which had a wallet with an Oklahoma ID card for Christopher James McDonald, the affidavit said.
McDonald was apprehended and jailed on April 8 on $5,000 bail, but after he was released on a personal recognizance bond on May 24, he failed to appear in court on July 20 when a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, court records show.
McDonald was arrested in Madill on Aug. 6 and remained jailed until his release Tuesday, court records show.
Since McDonald was given a deferred sentence, he will not have a criminal record if he successfully completes the terms of his probation.