SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) -- An Oklahoma man is behind bars following a high-speed chase that started in Fort Smith and ended near Sallisaw.
Around 8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 20), Muldrow Police Patrol Officer Mark Harkins was called in to assist in the pursuit.
“We received a call through dispatch about a pursuit that started in Fort Smith and made its way through Roland in reference to a robbery suspect from earlier in the day,” Harkins said.
The Muldrow Police Department released the dashboard camera video taken from Officer Harkins’ patrol car on Monday (Jan. 25). By the time Harkins got involved, he said the suspect, John Crossno, was driving on three tires at speeds as high as 95 miles per hour.
“He was very near the city limits of Sallisaw,” Harkins said. “Had he chosen to go into to Sallisaw that would have changed the complexion, because there is more of a concern for public safety.”
Crossno is facing multiple charges including concealing a stolen vehicle, resisting an executive officer, carrying a weapon and grand larceny, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office.
“He was wanted that day earlier in questioning for a robbery, and I know that the vehicle he was in was stolen,” Harkins said. “It was entered NCIC and the vehicle came back stolen.”
Once Oklahoma Highway Patrol caught up with the chase, they were able to deploy a second set of spike strips, after the first ones set out by Muldrow Police didn't do the trick. Harkins said OHP was able to push its bars into the corner of the suspect’s vehicle and spin it out to ultimately end the pursuit.
“Mr. Crossno jumped out and took off running and made it just a few feet and then he was taken into custody at that time,” he said.
Police said Crossno was wanted for questioning in the armed robbery of the Outer Zone store, which happened earlier that day.