A Del City man was charged in federal court Wednesday after being accused of almost hitting an airman with his vehicle at Tinker Air Force Base and leading law enforcement officers in a high-speed pursuit in June.
James Williams, 60, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, federal court documents show.
On June 26, law enforcement officers at Tinker Air Force Base received a report of a man acting suspiciously in a sport utility vehicle on base. When law enforcement officers tried to pull over the SUV, the vehicle’s driver fled and started a high-speed chase, federal prosecutors said.
A senior airman tried to close the gate to prevent the vehicle from exiting the base and the vehicle’s driver accelerated toward the airman, nearly hitting her with the vehicle as it drove off base, prosecutors wrote in a news release.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers joined the pursuit and the chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle was identified as belonging to Williams, prosecutors said.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office are investigating the incident.
If convicted, Williams could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.