A traffic stop turned into a chase in Chickasha on Friday night.
A Chickasha Police Officer attempted to pull over a red pickup after the vehicle ran over a curb. The vehicle slowed, rolled slowly through several blocks and eventually stopped.
The officer exited his patrol car to make contact with the driver, David Newton. Then, Newton accelerated and sped off, turned east to head down Florida Ave. The officer pursued the pickup, winding through several streets to 14th St. and Choctaw Ave.
During the pursuit, the officer reported that he saw Newton run 10 stop signs, drive on the wrong side of the road, exceed the speed limit by at least 30 mph and endanger other drivers on the roadway.
Finally, the pickup drove off the road and into a field where the pickup struck an embankment for railroad tracks. Newton then jumped out of the vehicle and ran. The Chickasha officer then recognized the driver from previous encounters. Newton was located laying on the ground between two houses.
Newton was arrested and transported to the Grady County Jail. Further investigation revealed Newton did not have a valid Oklahoma driver's license.
Newton allegedly said he ran because he feared being arrested.
He faces charges of eluding a police officer, reckless driving and driving without a license.