Intoxicated juveniles led troopers on a chase

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 11/28/2013 10:33 pm Published: 11/28/2013 10:23 pm

FOX23 spoke with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and discovered a driver and his passenger were both intoxicated juveniles.

We discovered why the driver was already on the troopers' radar and it has to do with what FOX23 has been told this week, that law enforcement are out looking for drunk drivers on roads and highways all over the city.

Around 11:30 Wednesday night, one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, Verne Wilson with OHP says a trooper was patrolling I-244 when he noticed what he believed was an intoxicated driver.

OHP trooper told FOX23, "He was driving in and out of his lane of traffic."
Wilson proceeded to try to pull the car over.

"And the driver wouldn't stop," Wilson said.

Instead, we discovered the driver exited on Utica, and drove into a neighborhood.

The driver and the passenger jumped out of the moving car that came to a stop in a nearby yard.

Neither juvenile got very far.

"Tulsa police K9 unit got a good track," Wilson told us.

On the scene we learned the K9 found both teens, including the passenger who was found hiding in a nearby shed.

The TPD helicopter assisted in the search.

There's an increase in drivers on the roadway this holiday weekend and law enforcement are keeping tabs, and reminding you there's an increase in trooper and officer presence on roads with one goal in mind.

"Precisely what the trooper was doing, he was doing what he was supposed to be doing, and he was out looking for intoxicated drivers," Wilson explains.

This extra enforcement is also to remind drivers to buckle up and slow down on roadways.

It's known as the "more cops, more stops" alcohol enforcement campaign, and the idea is to save more lives.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/29/2013 12:02 PM
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"More cops, more stops" is funded by a grant that pays the officers overtime IF they make a certain number of specific arrests. Meeting quotas like that often results in more indiscriminate stops, while actually missing the most dangerous drunks.
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