An Oklahoma man allegedly led police on a high-speed chase that lasted nearly three hours—and streamed it on Facebook Live.
KFOR reports that Brenton Hager, 25, is accused of driving a stolen car and leading officers from multiple departments through the Oklahoma City area. Hager took police through neighborhoods and farm fields during the Friday morning and afternoon pursuit, according to WPSA.
Officers reportedly threw stop sticks on the road at one point to try and end the chase, but Hager just drove around them.
Hager reportedly started a Facebook Live stream as he evaded police. Witnesses told WFTV that he went live several times to apologize, request an attorney, and to see how long he could keep cops at bay.
“Hey, hey, you want to see me on a high-speed chase?!” the 25-year-old can be heard yelling out the window.
“I’m in a high-speed chase, bro!”
The chase came to an end around 1 p.m., after he drove onto a field and into a pond. From there, he allegedly attempted to flee on foot but officers subdued him with a taser gun and took him into custody.
The wild pursuit began when a victim of a car theft contacted police. WPSA reports that Shane Jones’ truck was stolen a week earlier and, on Friday, he spotted the vehicle and called police.
The suspect’s aunt, Ashley Rodriguez, recently t0ld KFOR that she called Hager during the three-hour ordeal and begged him to stop. She claimed her nephew was previously jailed in a maximum-security prison and that he changed when he became addicted to drugs at 18.
“He just said, ‘I been trying to do my best and nobody’s there and I don’t want to go to county [Oklahoma County jail],” Rodriguez said.
“I said, ‘They’re going to shoot you. They’re going to light you up.’ And he said, ‘That’s what I want.’”
Records obtained by the local station confirmed that Hager had 2014 and 2015 convictions for drug charges.
She added, “It’s not an excuse but, 100 percent, the drugs. It really takes your soul and you become a completely different person.”