Police chase ended with crash


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Updated: 11/04/2013 7:01 am Published: 11/04/2013 6:50 am


A high speed chase ended early this morning with a downed power line and officers chasing after the driver.

It started near 31st and Memorial and ended at 31st and Peoria.

Police arrested 26-year-old Dirk Stivers and say he was behind the wheel when the car crashed into a utility pole.

Police say these situations can be dangerous for officers, but it's the other drivers on the road who are the most at risk because they don't know what's going on.

The Sergeant says there are many precautions in place, and the public's safety comes first.

"It's a very high risk situation whenever anyone tries to flee from the officer," he told us, "there's a supervisor who monitors each pursuit, he at anytime can determine if that pursuit outweighs the public safety of catching him and can terminate it."

Police tell us this started in East Tulsa as a typical traffic stop for an expired tag, but instead of pulling over Dirk Stivers took off hitting speeds of up to 80 miles an hour.

At 31st and Harvard Stivers ran over stop sticks and kept going.

Eventually he crashed into a Midtown utility pole, his red Chrysler spun out for more than a hundred feet, and ended up turned around in a yard.

Stivers initially ran away, but police found him several blocks away.

He was taken to St. John Medical Center to get checked out, and police say he's OK.

There was also woman in the car who told police that Stivers was supposed to be taking her home, and she begged him to pull over.

Luckily she wasn't hurt.

Crews spent several hours this morning working to clean up the glass that was scattered all over the road by the crash.

Stivers was taken to the Tulsa County Jail on complaints of Eluding an Officer and Possession of Drug paraphernalia.

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