Arrest details released on man charged in El Reno murders

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm •  Published: April 13, 2009
An ex-convict charged in five Oklahoma strangling deaths told a Texas state trooper he did not know who or where he was after he crashed on a highway near Waco and was arrested, according to records released by Texas officials last week.

Joshua Durcho, 26, crashed Summer Rust's Ford Thunderbird about 8:25 p.m. Jan. 13 in Hamilton County, Texas. About four hours earlier, Oklahoma prosecutors had charged him with murder in connection with the Jan. 12 deaths of Rust, 24, and her four children, Kirsten Rust, 7, Autumn Rust, 7, Teagin Rust, 4, and Evynn Garas, 3, in their El Reno apartment.

Texas authorities last week released video of Durcho's crash and arrest and a detailed arrest report in response to an open records request filed in January by The Oklahoman.

The video, taken from Texas trooper J.K. Matthews' dashboard-mounted video camera, shows the trooper tailing the Thunderbird as it veers off the road to the right and crashes. In the police report, Matthews states the car struck a guard rail and a cedar tree before spinning out, and the car was smoking as Matthews approached it.

Matthews told dispatchers he was following a "possible drunk driver" as he drove behind the Thunderbird before it suddenly crashed.

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