Hit-And-Run Victim Questions Del City Police Response Time

Friday, October 29th 2010, 6:56 pm
By: News 9

Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

DEL CITY, Oklahoma -- There are new concerns about police response time in Del City after a suspected hit-and-run driver got away.

Tim Drake suffered a concussion, cuts and bruises after he was hit by a car, tossed onto the hood and thrown in the grass near the street. The driver kept going. A witness immediately called police, but Drake said by the time they arrived, the suspect was long gone.

"I think they were a little slow getting here. Way slow," Drake said.

Apartment manager Laurie Booth rushed to help Drake after he was struck. "I feel like the city of Del City Police Department needs to be more proactive about time concerns because time is life."

A Del City police spokesperson said the response time to the incident was well within reason.

"Anytime you're in a rush hour time period like that, you should be looking at somewhere between eight minutes to 15 minutes, sometimes longer depending if officers get tied up on accident scenes or things like that," said Del City Police Captain Jody Suit.

Drake said if police had arrived sooner, they probably would have caught the suspected hit-and-run driver. He's been identified as 23-year-old Anthony Keith Johnson. Police said they originally thought Johnson had walked away from the scene.

"When our officers initially showed up, they were looking for the suspect walking away from the scene," Suit said. "Then they find out the suspect drove away from the scene then parked, so because of that miscommunication, it's very easy for that subject to leave."

Police are looking for Johnson and a gray, Crown Victoria with an Oklahoma license plate number 954-AVC. If you have any information, call Del City police.