One dies in high-speed chase in northeast Oklahoma; suspect arrested

A suspect is in custody following an attempted bank robbery and a high-speed police chase that left one man dead Wednesday in Ottawa County, authorities report.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: August 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm •  Published: August 28, 2013
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photo - Attempted bank robbery suspect in custody following fatal high-speed chase north of Quapaw, Okla. on 69a Hwy.  The suspect was found by OHP airplane hiding in some weeds not far from the crash scene.   Gary Crow/For the Oklahoman
Attempted bank robbery suspect in custody following fatal high-speed chase north of Quapaw, Okla. on 69a Hwy. The suspect was found by OHP airplane hiding in some weeds not far from the crash scene. Gary Crow/For the Oklahoman
MIAMI, Okla. – A trucker was killed Wednesday after he overturned his tractor-trailer rig on its side while trying to avoid crashing into a vehicle during a high-speed police chase following an attempted bank robbery in Ottawa County.

Harry Francis Dishmon was apprehended without incidence, said Major Gerald Davidson with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol..

Davidson said Dishmon’s last known address was Tulsa.

The trucker’s identity will be released pending notification of family members, he said.

“The trucker swerved to miss the (suspect’s) wrecked car and crashed,” said Miami Police Chief George Haralson. He (trucker) left the road way and turned (the rig) over on its side.”

Haralson said the trucker, whose name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin, was southbound on U.S. 69 north of Quapaw.

The suspect was northbound on the highway fleeing from authorities and driving erratically during the high-speed pursuit when he crashed his vehicle, he said. After the crash, the suspect ran into the woods, Haralson said.

Haralson said several law enforcement agencies were combing the wooded area north of Quapaw and south of Baxter Springs, Kan. looking for the suspect. He was later apprehended.

The suspect went into the IBC Bank in Miami about 10:30 a.m. and handed a teller a note saying, “I have a gun. I want all your money,” police said.

“For some reason he got scared and ran away,” Haralson said.

Haralson said a gun was never displayed and the no money was taken.

A bank employee ran out of the building and noted the make, model of his vehicle and tag number and a description of the suspect, he said.

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