Hearing set for Shidler man

January 8, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK – A preliminary hearing is set for Zachery Warner Bethel, 37, Shidler, in Kay County District Court.

Bethel was charged on Nov. 14, 2019 with felony counts of endangering others while eluding police, second degree burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Zachery Warner Bethel

Blackwell police report that on Aug. 26, 2019, an officer tried to check on a vehicle near the storage buildings in the 600 block of S. Main.

Officer Alex Myatt reports that when he turned on his red and blue lights, the driver accelerated though the parking lot and a pursuit ensued northbound through the intersection of Main Street and College Ave.

With speeds reaching as high as 80 miles per hour, the pursuit approached the intersection of Main and Blackwell and continued north through the four-way stop sign and flashing lights, crossed over the river bridge on the north side of the Blackwell city limits, and accelerated to 98 miles per hour.

Police report the suspect turned east on Brake Road and hit several low water crossings. The water slowed police and the pursuit was terminated as the suspect turned east on Adobe Road from Q Street.

Police later learned that the vehicle was identified as a suspect vehicle involved in an incident in Arkansas City, Kan. and that the vehicle was stolen from Bartlesville.

An Osage County deputy was able to identify the driver in the ACPD police photos as Bethel. Bethel was later arrested on outstanding warrants.

On Dec. 19, 2019, a second case was filed against Bethel. In that case he is charged with possession of stolen property.

On June 3, 2020, Bethel was charged with a felony count of second degree burglary in a third case and on Oct. 13, 2020, he was charged with conspiracy and second degree burglary in a fourth case.  Bethel is currently being held in the county jail on $197,310. bond.

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