An Owasso man with a long drug record faces more serious charges after leading Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on a pursuit that ended in a fatal collision.
Reports say that on Sunday morning, OHP trooper spotted a pickup truck reported stolen from Catoosa driving along I-44 in Tulsa. When troopers attempted to pull over the vehicle, the truck sped off.
The pursuit lasted roughly about "11 or 12 miles," before the driver ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle. The woman driving the other vehicle was transported to the hospital, but died of her injuries.
Troopers say the fleeing suspect, identified as Blake Lee Ferguson, 32, admitted that he knew the truck was stolen, and that he was trying to avoid arrest because he did not want to go back to prison. Reports say that after the accident, troopers could see needles and drug paraphernalia in plain sight in the vehicle, and say that Ferguson admitted to smoking meth prior to the accident.
Ferguson has a lengthy criminal record which includes methamphetamine possession, drug manufacturing, purchase of pseudoephedrine in violation of the Methamphetamine Offender Registry, concealing stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, petit larceny, larceny of gasoline, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, driving under suspension, and more.
Some of the charges Ferguson faces in connection with the incident yesterday are strikingly similar to those of which he has previously been convicted: eluding, possession of a controlled drug, driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a suspended license and possession of a stolen vehicle.
However, he also faces a much more serious charge as a result of the fatal accident he allegedly caused: first degree murder.
Under state law, first degree murder is punishable by life in prison or life without parole. Ferguson is held without bond on the murder complaint in the Tulsa County Jail. As of this writing, he has not been formally charged.
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