Court date set for wrong way driver

November 26, 2019 | Courts

NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set for Kurtis Wayne Beasley, 37, Enid, on Jan. 3 in Kay County District Court.

Beasley is charged with felony county of endangering others while eluding police, assault and battery, DUI of drugs and a misdemeanor charge failure to maintain security.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Coby Snyder reports in the affidavit that on Nov. 9 at 8:15 a.m. he was advised of a vehicle traveling west bound in the east bound lanes of the Cimarron Turnpike, exiting on to Interstate 35 northbound in the southbound lanes.

Beasley was later identified as the driver of the vehicle.

When Snyder encountered Beasley, he was reportedly traveling 105 miles per hour. The trooper was forced to stay on the southbound lanes by the cable barrier. Snyder reports Beasley was running cars out of their lanes. He lost sight of the vehicle at the 203 overpass.

He later located the vehicle traveling southbound on the outside lane of the Interstate causing vehicles to swerve. Snyder deemed Beasley as an extreme danger to the public but because of the cable barrier he was unable to keep in contact with the vehicle. 

Tonkawa and Blackwell police were contacted and asked to divert traffic. As the vehicle approached the Kay-Noble county line, it started to travel directly into oncoming traffic on the inside lane, forcing traffic and the trooper to take the inside lane. At mile markers 210 and 212, Snyder reports Beasley attempted to hit the OHP unit.

At mile marker 214, Snyder made contact with the vehicle at the rear quarter panel. Beasley then made an aggressive move into the OHP united braked causing both vehicles to slide together.  Snyder pushed the vehicle off the road into the median and both vehicles came to a stop.

Snyder reports he exited his unit with his rifle while Beasley reportedly exited his vehicle with hands up, and breathing heaving in what the trooper calls a fit of rage. He was reportedly flushed in the faced screaming “I did not want to do it.”

Snyder asked him what he did and he reportedly replied, “I don’t know what I did. I got high last night on meth.” Bond for Beasley was set at $15,000. He was released on bond on Nov. 18.

Kurtis Wayne Beasley