OHP investigating three overnight pursuits

Published: 10/24/2020, 5:13 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) Oklahoma Highway Patrol Investigators have filed a first-degree murder charge against a suspect after three overnight pursuits, one of which turned deadly. The first pursuit began at 11:17 p.m. October 22 on I-35 southbound at I-240. The suspect was driving recklessly and at excessive speeds. The pursuit ended at the River Bridge just south of Norman at 11:32 p.m. when the trooper performed a Tactical Vehicle Intervention. Robert Warren Williams (D.O.B. 12/22/1963) was arrested and is facing charges of eluding an officer and failure to wear a seat belt. The second pursuit began just two minutes after the first at 11:19 p.m. October 22. The suspect passed a trooper vehicle at a high rate of speed on eastbound I-40 near the I-235 exit. It ended just two minutes later at NE 10th and Sunnylane Road when the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle, killing Cory Coffey. James Cawthorne (D.O.B. 10/24/1999) was arrested for first degree murder. The third pursuit began sometime early in the morning October 23 in Murray County and traveled all the way up I-35 into Oklahoma County. The trooper got involved once the suspect vehicle entered Oklahoma County. It ended at I-35 and I-240 when the trooper performed a Tactical Vehicle Intervention at 2:27 a.m. Mark Randall Sveen (D.O.B. 9/2/1988) was arrested and it was determined he had a homicide warrant out of Tennesee, a terroristic threat warrant out of North Dakota and a burglary warrant out of Ardmore. Pursuant to the new OHP pursuit policy, a supervisor was involved the entire time in all three pursuits in evaluating whether they should be terminated or continued. All three will be administratively reviewed by OHP Command Staff to ensure that the policies and procedures of the Department of Public Safety were followed. This is standard procedure following any pursuit.


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