Officers Ram Suspect Vehicle Head On, Stopping It From Driving Through Town Festival

Two Oklahoma police officers are heroes after they rammed a suspect vehicle head on Saturday to prevent it from driving into weekend festival in Sallisaw.

Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin said in a Facebook post that Captain John Weber and Officer Wesley McGuirt were working the town’s Diamond Daze festival on Saturday when they learned of a police pursuit heading directly toward the event.

“Captain Weber and Officer McGuirt were the last line of defense before the suspect vehicle would have entered the Diamond Daze event area,” Franklin wrote.

The officers decided they had no choice but to disable the speeding vehicle, and their only choice to do that was to drive into it.

The action prevented the vehicle “from entering the event which would have caused massive casualties,” the chief said.

Weber, the driver of the patrol vehicle, sustained a broken wrist in the crash, Franklin said, while McGuirt had cuts and bruises.

The Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police said there were three people in the suspect vehicle which was “headed toward the area of the festival where hundreds of kids were enjoying themselves in and around the bounce house area.”

Weber, they noted, is the vice president of the state police union.

Neither organization provided more information about the suspects or the pursuit.

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[Featured image: Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police]