“He was a good employee,” Hughes said. “He never failed a drug test.”
A relative of Johnson, reached by phone at his grandparents' home in Sentinel, declined to comment.
On Dec. 11, Beck and a Washita County sheriff's deputy visited Johnson at his home to check out a tip that he had been using drugs, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant filed in Washita County District Court.
There, they found drug paraphernalia and a stolen handgun. Johnson admitted he had been selling methamphetamine to make money since he had stopped working. And he was using again, despite being clean for three years.
Beck didn't arrest Johnson that day, but came back Thursday with an arrest warrant.
Lt. Brian Orr, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said the pursuit was reported at 9:40 a.m. Beck initially had some type of car trouble, which may explain why he and the Burns Flat police officer crashed three miles behind Johnson. However, a Washita County sheriff's deputy witnessed Johnson crash and reported it at 10:11 a.m.
Initial reports were that neither law enforcement officer was wearing a seat belt, but revised information provided Friday showed Willhight was.
Services set for Beck, Willhight and Johnson
Services for Beck and Willhight are planned for Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Elk City, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Services for Beck will be held at 10:30 a.m. and services for Willhight will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Services for Johnson are planned for 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Sentinel. Musick-Varner-McClure Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.