Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 1, 2013

PV Police taken on wild ride

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — It was far from routine for Pauls Valley police officers when a motorist believed to be intoxicated didn’t stop and just kept on going.

After a brief high speed chase on a few streets in town the vehicle was ultimately stopped and its driver taken into custody on complaints of eluding police and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Moments before the pursuit Monday night, July 29, officers responded to the call of a possibly drunk man who was seated in a car parked at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

According to a report released by the PV Police Department, Officer Trevor Felan saw the silver sports utility vehicle leave the parking lot.

The vehicle was soon seen turning onto Grant Avenue in downtown PV. Then it turned into the motor bank of the PV National Bank, located across the county courthouse.

The officer reported noticing the vehicle had pulled in the wrong way with a tire partially parked on a curb.

The driver, later identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Halfmann, was seen reaching over to the passenger seat prompting the officer to scream out for the man to place his hands up where they could be seen.

The man complied with that order but not the one to stay stopped as he took off driving the vehicle south to Paul Avenue.

It wound up on Willow Street, where the vehicle went southbound at a high rate of speed forcing other motorists to get out of the way for their own safety.

A report shows the vehicle got back over to Chickasaw Street and continued southbound.

Pursuing officers lost sight of the vehicle but soon saw it again as they topped a hill and found it had come to a stop behind another vehicle.

The vehicle then pulled forward and parked in a driveway, where officers approached with their duty weapons drawn.

Halfmann, who was alone in the vehicle, was soon taken into custody without further incident.

When asked if he had been drinking, Halfmann is reported to have said “a lot,” while officers could smell a distinct odor of alcohol on the man.

The subject was first taken to the nearby hospital for blood samples to detect the level of his alcohol consumption. He was later booked into Garvin County jail on a total of four arrest complaints.