Kay County man arrested, woman falls in oil tank, following police pursuit

October 13, 2020 | Featured|Headlines|Police


WINFIELD, KAN. — An Oklahoma man was arrested, and a woman fell into a tank of oil, after fleeing from Winfield Police in an incident early this morning.

Around 4:30 a.m., police were dispatched to PrairieLand Partners, at 2300 W. Ninth Ave., for the report of a theft in progress. Officers arrived to find a white Dodge truck with a trailer attached to it, according to a written media release from police.

Officers activated their emergency lights and the vehicle then fled with the trailer attached. A pursuit began and police followed the vehicle into rural Cowley County and through several fields.

The driver wrecked the vehicle, which was later determined to be stolen from a Kay County business, and fled on foot. He was detained by law enforcement not far from the vehicle.

The license plate on the truck was determined to have been stolen from a Ponca City car dealership.

56-year-old Douglas Llloyd Wilson was booked into the Cowley County Jail on charges of felony theft, fleeing and eluding, two counts of possession of stolen property and interference with law enforcement.

Douglas Lloyd Wilson

Cowley County Sheriff Dave Falletti said his department assisted in the pursuit. When the chase ended, he said, an unidentified woman left the vehicle, running on foot.

She then crawled up a ladder to get on top of an oil tank battery. The top was not solid and the woman fell into oil, he said.

Radio traffic from the scene indicated the woman was in the oil tank for some time before she could be helped out. Efforts were made to assist her in cleaning up and she was then taken to William Newton Hospital for evaluation. She could also face criminal charges.

Wilson’s criminal past in Kay County includes a conviction in a 2014 case in which he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, endangering others while eluding police, knowingly concealing stolen property, malicious injury to property, possession of a controlled substance, driving with out a license and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 25, 2014, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but 10 years suspended in that case.

The Department of Corrections website shows that Wilson also has convictions in Osage, Tulsa, and Muskogee counties and that he was discharged from prison on April 10, 2020.

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