DUNCAN — A Jan. 3 high-speed chase through two counties ended with a 26-year-old Duncan woman in a stolen truck jailed on $50,000 bond.
Madeline Marline Droughon made her initial appearance Monday in Stephens County District Court, where she received a trio of felony charges for endangering others while eluding police, assault and battery on a police officer, and possession of a stolen vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and destroying evidence, court records indicate.
Droughon’s encounter with law enforcement began shortly before midnight Jan. 3 when Jefferson County law officers contacted Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Smith regarding a stolen Dodge Ram that was traveling northbound at over 100 miles-per-hour in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The original call involved a suspicious person in Terral who was found laying on the ground. The person who reported the woman said she stole the truck as officers were arriving to investigate, the affidavit states.
During the pursuit, Smith said Droughon “blacked out” the truck and was trying to ram other motorists by entering oncoming lanes and running others off the roadway.
Despite Waurika Police setting up spike strips near Waurika, she avoided them and continued through at speeds more than 100 miles-per-hour, the affidavit states. Smith said she “intentionally attempted to strike the Stephens County deputies.”
More spike strips were set up on the south edge of Comanche and that’s when Smith noticed the Dodge maneuvered to the highway’s east shoulder where his car was parked. Droughon continued at the car head-on but eventually pulled back onto the road and around the trooper’s car, the affidavit states.
Smith attempted to get into position to make a tactical maneuver on the truck to end the pursuit but Droughon put up her hands and slowed the vehicle to a stop. Smith said she remained non-compliant to orders and told officers “You are not real cops!” according to the affidavit. While being taken into custody, Droughon is accused of grabbing a detached body camera, ammo magazine and phone from one of the assisting officers. After being pulled from the truck, she pinned her arms and tried to refuse to be taken into custody but was eventually handcuffed.
Droughon “was acting paranoid” and said she was being chased “by several individuals” described as “gang members,” Smith said. She said the officers weren’t “real cops” and would cycle from irritable to apologetic and back to angry. According to the affidavit, when asked if she’d taken any drugs, she admitted “she used meth at a strip club earlier in the night.”
While being taken to a deputy’s patrol vehicle, Droughon yelled, became combative and tried to break free from officers before she was put into the vehicle and physically restrained for transport.
One of the Waurika police officers told Smith he’d been hit by Droughon during the arrest and, according to the trooper, it appeared he’d been bitten on the hand hard enough to draw blood, the affidavit states.
The stolen truck was impounded and held for its owner.
Droughon was taken to the Stephens County jail and booked in. While there, she began to complain of “mild pain” and was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital for medical evaluation. According to the affidavit, she at first agreed to take the state’s blood test but, after the blood draw, refused to sign and tore up the consent paperwork.
Held on $50,000 bond, Droughon is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. March 4 for her preliminary hearing conference, records indicate.