Unresponsive infant found in car after police chase

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Updated: 12/03/2013 5:21 pm Published: 12/03/2013 3:26 pm

A police chase led Tulsa police to an unresponsive infant in a car in south Tulsa.

Police said there was a chase in south Tulsa that ended at a restaurant on 71st and Riverside. Police told FOX23 an officer tried to pull the car over for speeding and the driver took off.

Police believe a six month old boy was in a car seat in the back seat and was not properly restrained and during the chase went from the back seat to the front seat. The baby was unresponsive when the chase ended, but was responsive at the hospital and getting X-rays.  

Police made one arrest, details about the arrest have not been released. 

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willsolo - 12/5/2013 8:24 AM
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TPD dispatch and the officer are at fault for any response that EMSA or TFD had to this call. The officer should have been more detailed in his request which translated through TPD dispatch as come check out this baby. Not "he isn't breathing". Later the officer now panicked, gets back to his dispatch and asks where the ambulance is and the baby is unresponsive. At this point the TPD dispatch yells over to EMSA that the baby isn't breathing. Not what the officer said by the way. Now everyone is scrambling to respond quicker. Including TFD who weren't even requested initially. The office did what he thought was best and ran to the hospital. it wasn't but all turned out well. I think all of the agencies need to use this as an educational moment and communicate better.

Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 10:06 AM
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So, once you put all the half-truths together you get a man speeding to the hospital with his infant, police stop him, call an ambulance, then cancel the ambulance and just complete the trip in their car. Im betting they also didnt take the time to secure the child in a baby seat. This was a cluster...

Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 10:03 AM
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Police have at least 4 versions of this story. KTUL: The driver got out and started acting fidgety, and when cops questioned him he tried to throw them off by saying someone else was the driver. (Police say they found) A baby that was struggling. Police called EMSA, but decided the infant needed immediate attention "So they loaded the the infant into a car and zoomed out of here to the hospital with it," said TPD. Tulsa World: "He was being placed into custody and he was saying, 'My baby! My baby!' and that's when they found the child." Reynolds said police called for an ambulance, but officers opted to take it to Saint Francis Hospital in a squad car instead of waiting for an ambulance to arrive, she said. EMSA spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said EMSA got a call from a police dispatcher at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday and that based on the description of the situation, the call was given a "Priority 2" status ? which is designated for situations that are not life-threatening. Bruer said an ambulance was on its way when police canceled the call at 3 p.m. Police also say they found an unloaded handgun in the area of the chase and think Crowels threw it out the car window.

Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 9:29 AM
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Someone explain how he "took off on foot" but remained at the scene. Police can be inconsistent, especially when they are trying to justify something. We havent heard from any source other than police yet, so that might fill in some blanks (if we ever do).

CindyLouWho - 12/4/2013 8:47 AM
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I just realized that this story doesn't mention the driver taking off on foot like the stories on the channel 2 site. http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/man-arrested-baby-boy-resuscitated-after-high-speed-chase-near-arkansas-river-in-south-tulsa

CindyLouWho - 12/4/2013 8:43 AM
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Unwashed Mass... I think if the person was trying to take the child to the hospital they would not have bailed out of the car and run on foot. Sounds like they were not concerned with the well being of that baby at all.

Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 12:08 AM
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"Police say the boy was initially responsive when officers arrived, but quickly passed out after they tried to move him. Police called EMSA for an immediate transport, but after paramedics deemed the accident a "priority 2," meaning a non-life-threatening call allowing for extended response times. The baby was eventually resuscitated and began breathing on his own, according to police spokesmen." Is TPD trying to blame EMSA for cancelling the ambulance priority call? This story stinks to high heaven.

Unwashed Mass - 12/4/2013 12:07 AM
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"The driver...increasing his speed to around 100 mph. The high speeds and level of danger led the officer to suspend the chase, but shortly after the officer spotted the suspect near a China King on the other side of the river." He caught up pretty fast for "not chasing." #PantsOnFire

Unwashed Mass - 12/3/2013 11:43 PM
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No one here has ever had to take a relative to the hospital? There are too many details missing from this story, and too many inconsistencies (the first is that TPD would ever just "give up" on a hot pursuit). Dont rely on just police handouts for the complete story.

Mayor Maynot - 12/3/2013 5:25 PM
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Unwashed Mass (aka dirty sermon) #8 ^]] The baby was responsive at the hospital. What's your point.
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