An armed robbery Friday morning in southwest Oklahoma City led to a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 240.
Oklahoma City police said one of the robbery suspects died in the crash and his passenger Michael Milton, 51, survived and was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center. Police officials did not release the name of the suspect driver who died due to pending next of kin notifications.
The duo's crime-spree started around 4 a.m. at 7-Eleven on Southwest 59th and Blackwelder. The store clerk called 911 to report two-armed robbery suspects.
“The suspects left prior to the officers arriving,” Sgt. Dillon Quirk with the Oklahoma City Police Department said. “They actually drove southbound on Western.”
The suspects were in a red car and drove past an officer who knew the car was just involved in a reported robbery.
“They attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of I-240 and Western,” Quirk said.
However, the suspect driver did not stop and entered I-240 driving the wrong way, against traffic. Police did not pursue the suspect due to the safety risk.
“Anytime our suspects go in the opposite lanes of traffic, we don’t further engage in that,” Quirk said. “It is a major safety concern, and we terminate our pursuits at that point.”
Officers did parallel the suspects on the other side of I-240 to keep an eye on their car. The suspect's wrong turn ended in disaster on the interstate. The driver slammed head-on into another car. The crash was so violent it peeled one side of the suspect's car off.
“The driver of the suspect vehicle died there on scene,” Quirk said. “The passenger of the suspect vehicle was taken to a local hospital. He was ultimately booked into the Oklahoma County jail.”
Police said thankfully the citizen hit in the wrong-way crash survived. They were treated and released at the scene.
Milton was booked into jail on one complaint of robbery.