Charges have been filed against a man authorities said stole a Bryan County Sheriff’s Office SUV resulting in gun fire and a pursuit Monday night.
Spencer Lee Cavender, 32, Cartwright, was charged Tuesday with larceny of an automobile for the theft of a Bryan County Sheriff’s Office SUV, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for using the SUV to strike Sheriff’s Deputy John Haislip and endangering others while eluding pursuit.
Cavender has been convicted of several crimes in Bryan County since 2003 including grand larceny, eluding police and concealing stolen property, according to court records. He was released from prison in November 2012, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Website.
According to a probable-cause affidavit by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Reanae Childers, Cavender entered the vehicle while sheriff’s deputies were investigating burglary reports in the area of Blackjack Village north of Durant.
Cavender then turned on the sirens and backed into a Choctaw Tribal Unit, a residence and a civilian vehicle, according to the affidavit. Deputy Haislip began beating on the driver’s side of the vehicle and verbally ordering Cavender to leave the vehicle.
The affidavit states Cavender then stuck Haislip in the left hip with the SUV and Haislip was knocked out of the way.
According to the affidavit, Cavender drove the SUV toward Haislip multiple times during the incident. Haislip drew his weapon as the SUV backed toward him. Haislip started firing rounds as he retreated to a location out of the SUV’s path. Cavender then drove onto 49th Avenue and began traveling south.
Durant Police responded to shots fired and met the SUV on 49th Avenue, the affidavit states. Patrolman Travis Dill and Capt. Andy Navid, a supervisor, turned around to pursue it but lost sight of it after turning around.
Calera Police Officer Zach McIntyre was waiting at the intersection of Cale Switch Road and Choctaw Road to intercept the vehicle, the affidavit states, and McIntyre said he believed the vehicle to be traveling at speeds of 100 miles per hour, the affidavit states.
McIntyre lost sight of the SUV near Section Line Road, according to the affidavit, and the SUV ran a stop sign at Third and Michelle streets all while having the lights and sirens on. McIntyre then found the SUV crashed into a ditch on Smiser Road west of Calera. Cavender was arrested and flown to the Medical Center of Plano, Texas, to be treated for gunshot wounds.
He has since been released and is being held at the Collin County, Texas, Jail, and will be brought back to Durant pending extradition proceedings.
Deputy Haislip received minor injuries during the incident.