A police pursuit, Sunday night at 9:03 p.m., left two men injured after a driver refused to stop for police. The driver’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle. According to Altus Chief of Police Tim Murphy, “Altus Police were attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation when the driver of a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck refused to stop for police.”
Chief Murphy said, “Altus Police officer, Jerry Downen, initiated his emergency lights and siren in the 200 block of East Commerce and attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by 40-year old Chad Dickerson, of Davidson. Dickerson led police on a short pursuit when it collided with a vehicle at the intersection of East Commerce and North Navajoe. The second vehicle, 1998 Buick 4-door, was driven by Christopher Felan, of Altus. Felan was north bound on Navajoe when it was struck on the driver’s side.”
After the collision, Dickerson ran from the accident scene but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. He was transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital (JCMH) by ambulance with back injuries. Felan was removed from his vehicle by Altus Fire and Rescue, using the jaws of life and transported to JCMH by ambulance for leg, arm and back injuries. In an update late Monday, Chief Murphy said Felan has been life-flighted to Oklahoma City for treatment. His condition is not known at this time.
Dickerson has been charged with D.U.I., attempting to elude, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, no insurance, expired Drivers’ license and Tillman County warrants. He was being held in the Jackson County Jail on Monday.