Files, video detail arrest after El Reno deaths of 5

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 14, 2009 at 9:54 am •  Published: April 14, 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, according to records released by Texas officials.

Joshua Durcho, 26, crashed Summer Rust’s Ford Thunderbird about 8:25 p.m. Jan. 13 in Hamilton County, Texas, authorities said. 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 camera, shows the Thunderbird as it veers off the road to the right and crashes. In the offense report, Matthews states the car struck a guardrail 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.

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