An Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy got a surprise Wednesday when a motorist he chased through the far northern part of the county stopped and got out of his car holding two cats.
Ronald Varselona, 62, was arrested on complaints of attempting to elude, speeding and resisting arrest.
Sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said the deputy was working traffic in the 400 block of W Waterloo Road when he noticed a speeder. The deputy, who was on a motorcycle, tried to pull the car over, but the driver would not stop.
The deputy, Cpl. Matt Daves, wrote in a report that at one point during the chase, he pulled alongside the car and yelled through the open driver's side window for the driver to pull over. Daves said the driver shook his head no several times and continued driving.
The driver eventually pulled into a driveway in the 2900 block of E Country Oaks Drive and stopped.
Daves then told the driver to show his hands, but he refused. The man got out of the car holding two cats wrapped in a coat.
“I ordered Varselona to put the cats down and show me his hands,” Daves wrote in the report. “He yelled back to me that he was not going to put the cats down.”
Daves said Varselona started walking toward him and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed.
Varselona told Daves he didn't want to drop the cats because he was afraid they would run off.
“I asked him why he didn't put them back into the car, and he said that he didn't want to get cat hair in his car,” the report states.
Varselona told Daves the house he stopped at belonged to a friend who owns the cats.
Varselona was not injured during the arrest, but his arms were scratched by the cats, Myers said. Myers said the cats escaped, and he was not sure if the owner had recovered them.