Suspect in Dill City, OK, fatal crash posted joke about death on Facebook

Once optimistic about his future and family, Quentin Johnson, of Sentinel, had recently posted a photo of the Grim Reaper and a joke about living dangerously on his Facebook account. He died Thursday while eluding police; two law enforcement officials were killed during the pursuit.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: January 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014
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It's unknown whether that career move ever panned out. Recently, he spent a year working as a private contractor in the oil field for Hughes Specialty Services near Elk City, said chief executive Jason Hughes. In September, Johnson left the company on good terms.

“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.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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