Guthrie car pursuit reaches speeds over 100 mph

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A driver led Guthrie Police in an early morning car pursuit that reached speeds over 100 mph.

Photo By Chris Evans

The chase began near 1st Street and East Vilas at around 5:18 a.m. when the driver, Justin McBroom (8/10/1979) from Tulsa, drove a white, four-door Explorer, down Division Street before jumping on I-35 south bound.

Justin Johnson (4/9/1978), of Edmond, was the passenger in the vehicle.

According to police officials, McBroom was driving under suspension.

With speeds reaching as high as 110 mph, Guthrie officers were joined by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. Edmond and Oklahoma City Police along with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were contacted as well.

However, McBroom pulled his vehicle over between 15th and 33rd streets in Edmond. Police were set to use tire spikes in the area. See video below.

The chase ended at 5:32 a.m.

Both men were taken into custody and booked at the Guthrie Police Department.

McBroom was charged with five counts, including elluding police officer while endangering others and assault with a dangerous weapon. Bond was set at $43,500 and set to for a preliminary hearing on April 26th.

Johnson was charged with not wearing a seat belt and a $20 fine.

No injuries were involved in the chase.

Justin McBroom (left) and Justin Johnson (right) were arrested after leading Guthrie Police on a car pursuit early Friday morning.

3 Responses to "Guthrie car pursuit reaches speeds over 100 mph"

  1. Dixie Paschal   March 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I had just left my home early this morning, headed to work, when I turned onto Division and saw a car racing North on Division with red lights in pursuit. I pulled over by the Sonic heading eastbound on Division when an officer pulled behind me and waited for the speeding cars to pass heading North toward Downtown Guthrie. Once the cars passed, the officer behind me immediately turned around and begin to assist the other officers in pursuit. I called my husband and told him something bad might be happening downtown and told him what I just saw. As I pulled back onto Division, I looked in my rear view mirror and saw that the cars had turned around and were now heading back east on Division at a very high rate of speed. Once again, I found a place to get out of the way and turned right at the intersection by Farmers & Merchants Bank and pulled into the car wash. Just as I got back on Division again, here comes yet another officer in pursuit. I quickly made the same right turn I had just taken and turned again into the car wash to get out of the way. Because of the rate of speed, the cars quickly disappeared out of site. I was not sure if the white explorer had gone North, or South on I-35, or taken a side road off of division. I proceeded South on I-35 and when I reached 2nd Street in Edmond, I saw all of the flashing lights and called my husband to let him know the officers had caught the white explorer.

    I am just very happy that no one died or was injured in this pursuit. Whoever this person was did not take into consideration that not only his life was in danger but the lives of the officers pursuing him and those just trying to get to work. What is the world could have made him make the decision to run instead of simply stopping when he saw the officers lights in the first place. SOME PEOPLES KIDS!

    EXCELLENT JOB, Guthrie Officers, Logan County Officers, Edmond Officers and OKC Highway Patrol. I absolutely hated to see you put in this position but am very thankful you were able to subdue and arrest the guy and are safe and sound to recount the events.


  2. Vicky Jasper   March 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Good job guys. Glad no one was hurt.

  3. charles hardy   March 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The adrenaline flowing in the officer involved in something like that is pretty high. The ability to control it and make correct decisions involving the suspect, LEO’s and the public is a skill that they are trained in. At the speeds listed here for this pursuit there isnt much time to make a decision. I am glad the training the officers involved helped them make the right one and keep everyone safe. Kudos.


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