Stolen Tow Truck Leads To Police Chase In Oklahoma City

Friday, December 10th 2010, 9:10 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a tow truck Friday morning and crashing it in a wooded area.

The truck was stolen from a driveway at S.W. 134th Street and Western Avenue. After the owners reported it missing, police spotted it around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 44 near Will Rogers Airport. They started following the tow truck and tried to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop.

Police pursued the driver onto the H.E. Bailey Turnpike where speeds reached more than 100 mph. The driver suddenly turned off the road at State Highway 4 and Fox Lane near Tuttle. Officers were not able to follow so they brought in the police helicopter and canine units to search for the suspect.

Police discovered the wrecked tow truck in a wooded area. The suspect had crashed into some trees. Canine units found the him hiding nearby. Police said one of the dogs bit him when he resisted arrest.

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old David McAlpin. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for the dog bite, then transferred to the Oklahoma County Jail. McAlpin had a long criminal history with multiple convictions for stealing vehicles and possessing drugs. He is currently serving a suspended sentence for distribution of drugs, larceny of a vehicle and weapons violations.