NORMAN — One escaped McClain County inmate was apprehended and another was being sought in southwest Norman this morning.
Area law enforcement officers were searching for Taylor Daniel Brotherton, who was being held in McClain County on drug charges, near 24th Avenue SW and Brooks Street. McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said Chase Clemmons, 21, was apprehended when the pair crashed a stolen county truck west of 24th Avenue SW and Lindsey Street. Brotherton reportedly ran north from the crash scene.
Hewett said the Clemmons and Brotherton, 28, were working at trusties at county’s Expo Center when they took an unoccupied county vehicle. He said they stopped at a convenience store in Washington before being pursued by county deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol on I-35.
A police command post was set up and all Norman schools were placed on lock-down. Law enforcement officers from several agencies joined the manhunt. Officers were setting up a perimeter to keep the pair from crossing Interstate 35. Police were set up as far west as McGee Drive and as far north as Main Street.
A command post was set up and helicopters from Oklahoma City were aiding in the search.
“We’ve had this program for over a year,” Hewett said. The two were being held on possession of controlled dangerous substance charges and had llow bond amounts.
Brotherton is described as a white male, 5-feet-9 inches in height, bald headed and weighing about 165 pounds.
Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said officers are in and around the schools. “That is our biggest concern,” he said.