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Traffic stop ends after 3-county chase
Saturday, 08.13.2011, 06:30pm (GMT-5)

By Kelly Rupp

A suspect who allegedly admitted to taking methamphetamine and drinking led police on a three-county pursuit after ramming a Minco police car and attempting to run over a Minco police officer.

Jeffrey Shawn Quillin, 40, was arrested by the Minco Police Department on Aug. 3, 2011, and is being held at Grady County Jail on charges of speeding, assault and battery on a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident with damages, eluding a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, DUI, transporting an open container, and failure to comply with a lawful order.

According to the police report, the incident began when Minco Police Officer Ellis initiated a stop on Quillin’s vehicle for speeding on Highway 81 and 10th Street. Quillin did not stop his vehicle until the intersection of Highway 81 and Main Street. When Quillin did stop, he exited the vehicle and reportedly asked Ellis, “Are you real?” When Ellis advised Quillen to get back into the vehicle, Quillin “flipped him off,” got back in the vehicle and drove away.

“Officer Ellis followed and continued to attempt to stop the vehicle and he [Quillin] stopped again at the Gas-N-Go Convenience Store. The suspect exited his vehicle and disobeyed several of Officer Ellis’ commands and would not turn off his engine.”

Photo cutline: A Minco police car was damaged by a suspect prior to a three-county pursuit on Aug. 3. Jeffrey Shawn Quillin, 40 (pictured in
inset) was arrested following the pursuit. Photo by Kelly Rupp. Mugshot courtesy of Grady County Jail.

“What if I just back up and ram your shit?” Quillin reportedly asked Ellis. Quillin also shoved Ellis in the chest, returned to the vehicle and then backed up, ramming Ellis’ police car,  “causing substantail damage to the front of the vehicle.” Quillin “then drove at Officer Ellis in an attempt to hit him and causing him to have to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle. Officer Ellis checked to see if his vehicle was functional and it was so he initiated a pursuit. The suspect sped away and refused to stop,” the report states.

“Officer Ellis initiated his audible emergency equipment and the suspect went left of center numerous times during the pursuit endangering motorist that was approaching.” The pursuit went through three counties and law enforcement officers from Minco, Union City, Caddo County Sheriff’s Office, Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, Grady County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit.

Quillin was taken in to custody without incident and was positively identified as the suspect by Officer Ellis.

“Quillin was read his Miranda warning and he confessed that he had been driving the vehicle when he eluded law enforcement and that he had taken methamphetamines and drank beer earlier in the evening,” the report states.

Quillin’s bond has been set at $50,000.