Metro Teacher's Car Stolen And Used During Police Chase

Tuesday, November 11th 2014, 10:02 pm
By: News 9

A metro elementary school teacher left Douglas High School and couldn't find her car.

After searching, she realized it had been stolen, and later found out it was involved in a high speed chase.

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When first grade teacher Kelsey Kidwell found out her car had been stolen right out of the school parking lot, it wasn't losing her car that immediately upset her.

She said what she had boxed up in the backseat put not only her, but her students at a disadvantage.

“It still feels so unreal, it does,” said Kidwell.

Saturday evening Kidwell spent about 20 minutes roaming the parking lot looking for her red 1997 Honda Accord.

“For a second I thought, well, maybe I didn't park here. But I walked that parking lot several times, and realized my car is nowhere to be found,” said Kidwell.

Kidwell's car was stolen in broad day light. She was inside Douglas High School for a day of professional development.

“They kept those children from getting something special,” said Kidwell.

Kidwell teaches first grade at Putnam Heights Academy, and recently, she and the first grade teachers picked out hundreds of brand new books donated through Feed the Children.

“I had about half of the books in my car. Hadn't had a chance to unload them before going to this workshop on Saturday,” said Kidwell.

At least 300 books were boxed up in the back seat of her Honda.

“Not only did the people who took my car affect my husband and I, but they took books away from 60 first graders,” said Kidwell.

More than a day later, Kelsey's car was found following a brief pursuit that started at NE 23rd Street and Kelly Avenue and ended near NE 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Avenue at a car wash.

According to police, four people were inside.

“People need to understand that when they make a choice, their choice affects so many more than they realize,” said Kidwell.

Kidwell said there were enough books for each first grader to get six books this year.

Two men were taken into custody immediately after the chase, but two others managed to escape.

If you have any information call Oklahoma City police.