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Suspect in Police Car Theft Has Long History with Police
The man arrested Friday for stealing a police car and leading police on a high speed chase, has had run-ins with the law before.
Joshua Colley, 31, faces several charges after the incident including eluding a police officer, felony looting and possession of stolen goods.
"He wasn't going to get away with it forever and he got caught," Julie Graves said.
Graves was notified by police that her stolen truck was located. She said police found the truck in the parking lot of the hotel where they found Colley. She said the truck was stolen last week.
The stolen truck is just one item among dozens of stolen goods police said they found with Colley.
Police officers tell Fox 25 they are familiar Colley because of run-ins they have had with him before. A check with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections show Colley was convicted of attempted burglary and two counts of auto burglary in 2001. He also has several DUI convictions.
Choctaw Police Chief Conny Clay said Colley was arrested again Friday, when police caught his stealing from a home in Choctaw just before 5:00 p.m. Colley was handcuffed, his feet were shackled and he was buckled into the the back of a police car, Clay said, when he was able to get his hands in front of him and slip through the dividing window to the front of the squad car. Clay said his officers chased Colley until he reached Midwest City, at which point officers from that city took over the chase, going as fast as 100 mile-per-hour.
Officers lost track of the car. Midwest City police found Colley at the Super 8 hotel at I-40 and Tinker Diagonal about an hour later. They said he was still handcuffed and shackled.
Colley was booked into the Oklahoma County jail for eluding a police officer.
Posted: Saturday, January 19 2013, 09:38 PM CST
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Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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