Backseat Passenger In OKC High-Speed Pursuit Called 911 To Report Her Son Was Driving

Tuesday, December 1st 2020, 5:30 pm

A metro mother called 911 on Monday as her son and his girlfriend led Oklahoma City police on a dangerous chase.

The woman was in the backseat of his pickup the entire time. 

“It was like something out of a movie,” said Basil Martin, a witness.

Residents in a northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood knew something was wrong when the police helicopter hovered over their backyards. Air One followed Nathan Herrera, 26, and his girlfriend Hailey Moreno, 25, across the metro. The pursuit started near Interstate 235 and NE 36th after an officer attempted to stop Herrera for speeding.

“Despite the ground units actually not following the suspect,” said Sgt. Megan Morgan, Oklahoma City Police Department. “The suspect was still exercising a complete disregard for not only citizens on the streets but also the two individuals in his vehicle.”

The passenger in Herrera's backseat was his mother. She made a frantic call to 911 to report her son was driving. 

911 Call: “Can you please tell these cops to back off? Cause he’s going to end up killing us, he has nothing to lose. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.

After running from police for nearly 30 minutes, Herrera came to a stop near NW 13th and Linn Avenue.

“Both the suspect and the front seat passenger bailed out,” said Morgan. “They ended up running into a shed in the backyard of a residence in that area.”

Next door to Martin's home.

“I heard some police officers run through the backyard at the next-door neighbor’s house,” said Martin. “And they were real loud and aggressive and they were chasing a couple kids who were back there.”

Officers arrested Herrera and Moreno and booked them into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a number of complaints. They also had outstanding felony warrants.

“Don’t try to do stuff like that,” said Martin. “You will always get caught. Crime doesn’t pay.”

Herrera's mother was detained for a short time but was released without charges.