Driver accused of trying to street race sheriff's deputy

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) -- An Oklahoma driver is accused of trying to street race a sheriff's deputy.

Garfield County Deputy Darryl Beebe and his K9 partner were headed home when a driver grabbed their attention.

"Right about here he started to slow up a little bit. As I started to pull along beside him he started to rev his motor and proceeded to try to engage in a way that would get me to try to street race him I guess," Beebe told NewsChannel 4.

Deputy Beebe picked up his speed, but not to race.

"Basically right up here is where I caught up to him and he looked over and they dropped their heads and slammed on their brakes. They pretty much knew that they'd been caught," Beebe said.

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The red Camaro pulled off to the side of Highway 81 with the Garfield County Sheriff's unit in tow.

"After talking to him about it, I asked him what the deal was and why he was trying to street race, and his reply was he didn't know law enforcement was beside him," Beebe said.

During the traffic stop he discovered the driver and his passengers were not alone.

Also along for the ride was reportedly a bottle of scotch and a bag of marijuana.

"A fairly big bag. Probably about 25 grams," Beebe said.

He is hoping the 18-year-olds have learned their lesson.

"They could have killed somebody. Not only somebody else, but themselves,' Beebe said.

NewsChannel 4 reached out to the young men who were arrested.

One of them said they were not trying to race and the story has been "hyped" up.

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