Wild police chase involves stolen car, truck and train in W. Tulsa

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Updated: 8/28/2013 11:45 pm Published: 8/28/2013 10:59 pm

A trio in West Tulsa is suspected of taking police on a wild police chase that involved a stolen car, stolen truck and a train.

Only FOX23 News was there as it all unfolded and the suspects were loaded into police cruisers.

"He thought he was going to walk away," said Lori Bernard.

She helped police capture one of the suspects on South 45th West Avenue near Charles Page Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon..

Robert Heath, 43, and Ashley Sowell were arrested and a male suspect fled.

One officer was taken to the OSU Medical Center where he was treated for heat exhaustion.

“He was chasing him on foot with 40-and 50-pound gear in 95 degree heat on him and the bad guy who jumped out of the truck is wearing a T-shirt and shorts," said Tulsa Police Cpl. Andrew MacKenzie.

When Bernard heard the police sirens she looked out her window on South 45th West Avenue she saw two men and a woman bail from a truck ditched in the middle of her neighbor's yard.

"I want to know what the heck is going on,"' said Bernard. "I am a nosy neighbor, yes, I am, I want to know what is going on."

She says one of the men walked away nonchalantly.

"I just want these little thieves to be caught," said Bernard.

She said she walked up the corner and hollered at police.

"I told them, "He is over there, he is over," said Bernard. "He thought he was going to walk away," said Bernard.

Officers arrested Heath in the parking lot in the 4500 block of Charles Page Boulevard. Sowell was arrested and the third suspect fled the scene.

"We have good citizens and good neighbors saying ‘hey’ helping us out, it's huge," said MacKenzie.

As FOX23 News was gathering information on the scene, an officer was treated by EMSA and sent to OSU Medical Center for heat exhaustion. He is expected to be OK.

The scene started in the 3800 block of Charles Page Boulevard at the train tracks. A red Jetta driven by a suspect the who later fled hit the train. That car was reported stolen Wednesday morning.

"The railroad guy just wanted to make sure everyone was OK,” said MacKenzie.

Police say that driver jumped out of the car and into a truck driven by his friend Heath and Sowell was the passenger. That truck was also stolen.

MacKenzie says the suspects cursed at the employee and tried to run him over.

That's when a police officer was patrolling the neighborhood and happened to drive by as the suspects took off. A short pursuit ended seven blocks away in the 4500 block of Charles Page Boulevard in front of Bernard's home.

"We just don't need people like this driving around in high speeds in our neighborhood," said Bernard.

Online court records show Heath plead guilty to auto theft and eluding police from a June incident and was awaiting sentencing. He also plead guilty to a 2004 case involving theft and served a three-year suspended sentence that was revoked when he failed to pay on the charge and was sent to prison for two years. Prison records also show he also served time in prison for a 2007 drug conviction in Latimer County. He's been out of prison since 2010.

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