Man leads Okla. officers on rush-hour pursuit in stolen forklift

The suspect stole the 15-ton vehicle from a construction site and dumped a load of bricks from the forklift into the road while evading authorities


Cass Rains
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 23-year-old Enid man was arrested Tuesday morning while leading Enid police on a pursuit in a 15-ton Skytrak forklift through downtown Enid as traffic began picking up during morning commutes.

Garrett Michael Anderson was booked into Garfield County Detention Facility on complaints of grand larceny, public intoxication (drugs), malicious injury to property and an outstanding Garfield County warrant.

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning while he led police on a pursuit in a 15-ton forklift. (Photo/Enid Police Department)
A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning while he led police on a pursuit in a 15-ton forklift. (Photo/Enid Police Department)

About 7:40 a.m., Enid Police Department received a call reporting the theft of the 15-ton forklift stolen from the downtown hotel construction site, 100 W. Maine, Sgt. Nick John said.

Responding officers located the forklift in the 300 block of West Randolph and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. In the 200 block of North Adams, Anderson dumped a load of bricks in the bucket of the forklift into the roadway, John said. Anderson refused to stop and eluded officers for about 15 minutes before the forklift overheated and became inoperable in the 600 block of East Maple. Anderson was then taken into custody.

Two windows inside the hotel were broken, and workers found two broken boxes of tile at the job site.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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