Police Chase Ends With Crash In SW OKC


Wednesday, October 10th 2012, 7:25 pm
By: Dana Hertneky


Police have apprehended the driver who led officers on a short chase that ended with a crash in southwest Oklahoma City, Wednesday evening. 

Police say this all started when officers recognized a vehicle that had been stolen earlier in the day, and tried to pull the driver over.

Neighbors who live along 24th street say the driver of a red SUV came speeding through their neighborhood where children were playing.

Seven-year-old Shawn Wild was riding his bike down 24th Street and barely got out of the way before the chase came through.

"He missed my baby by this much," said his mother Helen Matthews.

Matthews and her neighbors say the driver of the SUV was going way to fast, hit at least one car and was swerving into lawns.

"This nutcase, whatever he is, was coming down the street really fast, fast, so I screamed ‘Hey!'," said Matthews.

Just after the driver went through the intersection of Southwest 24th and Western he lost control and rolled his vehicle.

That's when witnesses say the suspect got out of the car  and was met with police officers pointing their guns at him.

"The police had their gun on him for like two minutes and when he thought about it, he shut the door and took off," said a witness who asked not to be identified.

Police say the driver, as a Hispanic male with a slender build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, briefly fled the scene in the area near SW 22nd and McKinley Ave.  He was caught about 10 blocks away.

Three other occupants inside the vehicle were taken to the hospital.