Initial appearance set for eluding suspect

March 7, 2020 | Courts

NEWKIRK — An initial appearance is set for Michael Wayne Holdeman Jr., 35, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court on March 13.

Holdeman is facing a felony charge of endangering others while eluding police filed on July 23, 2019.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Anthony Linares reports in the affidavit that on July 6, 2018, trooper Tyler Langston observed a vehicle running a stop sign near Tonkawa.

Troopers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of 29th Street and west North Ave. where Holdeman reportedly stepped out of the vehicle, dropped something on the ground, got back in the vehicle and sped away. A pursuit followed in which Holdeman reportedly almost struck a vehicle head on.

Once on a bridge, Holdeman reportedly slammed on his brakes, stopping the vehicle on the middle of the bridge and causing Langston to impact his vehicle.

Troopers report Holdeman, exited his vehicle and jumped in the creek below. Tonkawa police, fire and ambulance responded.  Holdeman was transported to Tonkawa High School via ambulance before being airlifted to OU Medical Center.

Other charges filed against him since, include a misdemeanor charge of possession of meth filed on Sept. 20, 2018; Misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen property filed on Feb. 22, 2019. He was arrested by Tonkawa police officer Joe Cassaday on Feb. 28 in Tonkawa and booked in the county jail on Feb. 29 with bond set at $154,000.

Michael Wayne Holdeman Jr