Manhunt ends in Osage County; suspect is person of interest in missing persons case
OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) —
As deputies put the shackles on his legs and wrists, John David Lee kept asking the same question, "What am I under arrest for?" But police said he knew exactly why he was being arrested.
It all started around 10:30 Thursday morning in Pawnee County and ended about ten minutes later in Osage County.
That's where deputies would spend the rest of the day looking for Lee.
Cleveland Police Chief Clinton Stout said the chase began when Pawnee County Deputies spotted Lee in a stolen one-ton pickup in Hallet, near Cleveland.
When Stout heard Lee was headed his way, he knew exactly where to go.
"He always wants to run to Daddy's house," said Stout.
Stout and another officer set up near an area close to Lee's home and waited.
"Mr. Lee comes out off the county road, doesn't even stop at the stop sign, flies out on to the top of the hill on the highway," said Stout.
When Mark Smith with the Cleveland Police Department pulled out behind Lee, he said Lee slammed on his brakes.
"Then, I see his reverse lights come on," said Smith.
Smith stopped and tried to move out of the way, but it was too late.
"And while I'm trying to get it into reverse, that's when he rams my vehicle," said Smith.
Police said Lee then crossed over into Osage County in an area known as Boston Pool, stalling out the stolen truck in the Arkansas River in the process.
After an intense search, he was finally taken into custody around 5:30 Thursday afternoon.
Tulsa County Sheriff's officials said Lee is a person of interest in the missing person case of Kathy Hemphill.
They're also looking for Hemphill's car, a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Oklahoma license plate: 113-HFG.