Man In Custody Following LeFlore County High Speed Chase, Hitting Patrol Vehicles
LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — One man is in custody following a high speed chase that involved running into patrol cars, which had set up roadblocks.
Phillip Clifton, 48, is behind bars at the LeFlore County Detention Center, according to Sheriff Rob Seale, and facing multiple charges:
- felony alluding charge
- felony running a roadblock
- driving under the influence
- assault and battery with a deadly weapon
- resisting arrest
- escaping arrest
- driving with an open container
Clifton has made a false 911 call of his girlfriend being murdered, and then drove away from Poteau in his 2003 Dodge Ram 350 pickup, registered under his name.
The girlfriend was contacted, and determined to be safe, She filed a protective order against Clifton shortly after.
Poteau Police attempted to pull over Clifton multiple times via traffic stop and moving roadblocks, but he drove around them.
Seale said Clifton continued on Highway 112 on high pursuit at speeds up to 80 mph.
Clifton hit two patrol cars on the highway, got out of his car and ran into a field, just west of the Cameron schools, Seale said.
The sheriff also said Clifton is a registered sex offender in Shawnee, Okla.
Seale said Poteau Police, Shady Point Police and the Choctaw Tribal Police Department assisted the sheriff’s department in the incident.