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January 5, 2014

Bond big for high speed suspect

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Questions still remain why a suspect went to a Wynnewood residence days ago before taking a whole line-up of law enforcement officers on a dangerous high speed pursuit.

The incident coming the evening after Christmas resulted in a series of felony charges being filed earlier this week against 27-year-old Isaias Medina of Wynnewood.

Along with the criminal charges filed in Garvin County District Court, most accusing him of assault, Medina remains locked up behind bars on a six-figure bond.

While there Medina is mending from a gunshot wound he suffered during the pursuit that mostly came in a far southern part of Garvin County on the evening of Dec. 26.

Capt. Ronnie Hampton of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop F headquartered in Ardmore said this week a pending investigation continues to look at the reasons Medina went to a Wynnewood residence in the 500 block of South Lawrence.

“That’s one of the things our investigators will be looking at; why the subject was at that residence,” Hampton said.

Officials said a woman inside the residence called 911 when the lone subject was attempting to get inside.

The man apparently made the same attempt in the home’s back yard when Wynnewood police officers arrived at the scene triggering the start of the pursuit.

Driving a red Chevrolet Tahoe, Medina drove the vehicle south of Wynnewood on U.S. Highway 77 into Murray County.

When the chase arrived in nearby Davis, Medina was able to avoid a roadblock as his vehicle then sped west on SH 7 and back into Garvin County.

Speeds reached up to around 100 mph as some twists and turns led to Medina’s vehicle turning back to the east and an attempt to get to Interstate 35.

“That’s when the subject began ramming police cars in pursuit,” Hampton said as a state trooper, deputies from two sheriff’s departments and Wynnewood police took part in the chase for Medina.

“Shots were fired by the trooper, and the subject was struck once in the leg.”

After being treated at an area hospital Medina was booked into Garvin County jail, where he remains with a $125,000 bond set during his initial court appearance on the six felony charges filed against him.

The actual charges facing Medina include assault with intent to commit a felony, endangering others while eluding or attempting to elude a police officer and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Those final four allegations center around Medina’s vehicle striking into the various law enforcement vehicles, along with a threatening move toward a trooper standing outside his car.

The suspect was taken into custody after his vehicle was forced into a guardrail.

Medina’s next court date in the case is scheduled for Jan. 31.

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