Alleged Drunk Driver Arrested After Crashing Into 2 OKC Police Cars

Friday, August 8th 2014, 4:32 am
By: News 9

A suspected drunk driver is accused of slamming into two Oklahoma City police cars on the Lake Hefner Parkway late Thursday night. 

The accident happened just before midnight near Britton Road.   The officers were outside their vehicles assisting with traffic control for a separate accident when it happened.

Oklahoma City Police Lt. Isaac Goodman said the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Jessica Ohern, was approaching the accident scene in the southbound lanes of the Lake Hefner Parkway when she drifted over and hit a tractor-trailer.   After striking the truck, her car then slammed into the two police cruisers that were parked along the highway. 

"Two officers had to take off running towards the ditch to avoid the oncoming driver that ended up hitting their cars," said Lt. Goodman.

Ohern had only minor injuries.  Police suspect she was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to devote full time and attention. 

The original accident the officers were responding to involved two vehicles that sent three people to the hospital.   One person is in critical condition from that accident.  The other two victims are stable, according to police.