Man led police on a high speed chase in north Tulsa

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Updated: 10/21/2013 9:30 pm Published: 10/21/2013 9:25 pm

Every time police come across a suspect who runs, they have to consider the public's best interest.

Sunday night, FOX23 talked to troopers who said as much as they wanted to catch a runaway driver, it created too much of a safety risk.

The car left at such a high rate of speed that the deputy actually feared for his own safety and because they were in a neighborhood, he elected not to reach the same speeds as the Acura. The trooper's decision may have saved his life.

In an early-morning pursuit, deputies began following a vehicle that failed to stop at stop signs.

A sheriff's deputy observed a dark-colored Acura run a couple of stop signs in a north Tulsa neighborhood.

When the driver's driving became too dangerous even for the deputies, they backed off. It wasn't but a mile later they found the vehicle, slammed into a parked truck after losing control.

"I'm asleep. I here 'eeeeer" and 'smash,'" said neighbor Randy Whitaker. "I wake up and look out my window and there, this car sitting in middle of the road smoking with cop cars surrounding it."

Whitaker told FOX23 he saw the driver take off down the street, fleeing the scene.

Maj. Shannon Clark said pursuits happen quite a bit in Tulsa, and law enforcement has to make the right judgment on the chase.

"Is it better to continue to apprehend the suspect driving the stolen car, or it is better to try and save a life not exceeding the speed limit," said Clark.

Although the driver got away from this accident, he said, sometimes it's safer to back off.

"What we do know in law enforcement, if they run you'll chase them, if you quit chasing them, they'll stop running. Sometimes you have to weigh your options on what's the best for public safety," said Clark.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/21/2013 11:06 PM
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The Sheriff's cowboys were afraid to get into a high-speed chase? If it came out of the mouth of Shannon Clark, you can count on it being bogus.
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