By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Perkins man accused of drunk driving at 111 mph during a pursuit on Highway 33 and crashing his Jeep into a Honda Civic before hitting a pipe fence and rolling to its side inside a cattle pen, court records show.

The defendant, Jeep driver Joshua Pierce Harper, 23, who has not yet appeared in court in the case, was found “lying face down on the ground near the Jeep,” by Perkins Police Officer Daryn Zanfardino, who initially thought he was dead, according to an affidavit Perkins Police Investigator Billy Laster.

“Harper was transported by Medi Flight (Air Methods) to OU Medical Center,” with a fractured femur, the affidavit said.

The Honda driver, Timothy Froelich, 21, who was bleeding from the head, was transported by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center with head injuries before being transferred to St. Anthony Hospital for a higher level of neurological care, the affidavit said.

Harper, whose blood alcohol test result was .208, has been charged with attempting to elude an officer and causing an accident with great bodily injury, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison and as much as a $5,000 fine on conviction, court records show. Harper has also been charged with aggravated drunk driving, a misdemeanor punishable by 10 days to one year in jail and as much as a $1,000 fine, court records show

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Roy Smith went to the OU Medical Center to talk to Harper, who “was described to have cussed the medical staff out,” the affidavit alleged.

“Trooper Smith asked Harper what happened and if he was running from the cops. Harper told Smith no and then stated, ‘I do what the f… I want.’ Trooper Smith asked Harper for consent to draw blood to see if he was under the influence of alcohol.

“Harper stated to Trooper Smith, ‘You need to get f…..’ Harper then started calling Trooper Smith an asshole and told him to get out of his room. Trooper Smith asked medical staff to preserve remaining blood specimens taken from Harper,” the affidavit alleged.

OHP Trooper Matt Ledbetter obtained a search warrant to seize and analyze the Event Data Recorder (EDR) on the Jeep that Harper was driving at the time of the pursuit and collision, the affidavit said.

“The EDR shows Harper to be driving the Jeep with 100% throttle at approximately 111 miles-per-hour during the pursuit. Just prior to the collision, Harper began turning the Jeep’s steering wheel and activated the vehicle’s brakes. At the time of the collision, the EDR shows the Jeep was traveling at 104 miles-per-hour,” the affidavit alleged.

Another driver had called 911 at 12:08 am on July 13 to report that a reckless driver, who was driving a white Jeep south in the northbound lanes of Highway 177 near 80th Street, had nearly run him off the road, the affidavit alleged.

A dispatcher “gave out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for this vehicle as it was nearing the city limits of Perkins,” that Officer Zanfardino responded to in the area of Highway 177 and Highway 33 in the city limits of Perkins, the affidavit said.

While the Jeep was still outside city limits, the Perkins officer “verified the speed with his in-car radar, which showed a reading of 110 miles-per-hour for the vehicle,” the affidavit alleged.

“The vehicle entered the city limits of Perkins and Officer Zanfardino locked the speed of the Jeep at 98 miles-per-hour,” where the posted limit is 55 mph, the affidavit alleged.

When the Perkins officer got his patrol car behind the Jeep to make a traffic stop near Highway 177 and Highway 33, the Jeep slowed just enough to make a west turn onto Highway 33 and accelerated westbound, the affidavit alleged.

The Perkins officer saw the Jeep hit an object, later identified as the victim’s Honda Civic, near Washington Street, the affidavit alleged.

“The Jeep went north off of the roadway out of Officer Zanfardino’s sight. Officer Zanfardino saw skid-marks on the roadway, which went towards the south,” and then saw the Honda Civic in a ditch to the south of Highway 33, the affidavit alleged.

“Fearing injuries, Officer Zanfardino requested ambulances be sent to the location,” the affidavit said.

The police investigator was notified by Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst to respond to the scene where both drivers were being treated by LifeNet ambulance personnel, the affidavit said.

“I later learned Harper stated to one of the LifeNet personnel he had consumed ‘a lot’ of alcoholic beverages,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.

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