Lawton_After a lengthy high-speed chase and manhunt Friday night, a 19 year old Cache man is behind bars for the crimes, which authorities say include shooting with the intent to kill. Troopers say Dillon Easter led the highway patrol on a pursuit for over half an hour. OHP says a trooper rammed Easter's truck and he took off on foot, but not before firing at least one gunshot at authorities. 7News has learned Easter led authorities on another high-speed chase last year.
Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley was amazed at how the eventual manhunt started. "Just because he's going to get a speeding ticket or maybe another ticket for driving under suspension this is not very good to turn it around like this."
The sheriff said Easter ran from police, ran a roadblock, and shot with the intent to kill. "He fired at the troopers and the deputy. Of course at that time it goes up a whole big notch because now you're thinking about somebody's life, our lives, his life, and it becomes a dangerous situation at that time."
Authorities from four departments surrounded the area and started to close in. Sheriff Stradley says he got a tip and found Easter at a home in Cache--soaking wet. "And I asked him was he cold. And he shook his head yeah and I said so am I and that was pretty much the conversation."
The chase and manhunt come almost exactly a year after he led authorities on a very similar chase--finally giving up just west of Frederick. "I've dealt with him before and there's been several people who have dealt with him. I did know him. As soon as we found out who the vehicle belonged to, I knew who it was."
Easter hasn't faced much punishment for his prior offenses other than fines and a short stay in jail. This time, with these charges, it could be a whole lot different. "It's a shame at anytime, but being 19 you've got your whole life ahead of you and you make some wrong choices."