Arrest made after police car is stolen
|Henryetta police chief Steve Norman is shown placing William Brooks in custody after a two-hour manhunt north of Henryetta Friday morning.
Brooks, 39, was being sought after he allegedly comandeered a police car and drove it to a wooded area on Fig Road.
According to Norman, Brooks was originally handcuffed and put in a police car driven by K-9 officer Buddy Townes who was responding to a trespassing call at a trailer park north of town around 7 a.m.
While Townes was out of his vehicle, Brooks allegedly slipped out of his handcuffs then drove off in the police car. He was placed in the front seat of the vehicle because the police drug dog, Endy, was in the back.
County sheriff's deputies and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tracking dogs were called to the scene to try and locate Brooks.
The incident happened at the same time officers were investigating a stolen SUV that crashed into the Henryetta Public Library. Officers did not comment whether the two were related.
No damage was reported to the stolen police car.
| At left is the area cordoned off by law enforcement officers who were looking for Brooks Friday morning.