He called the blue Ford Taurus his baby and kept it meticulously clean.
Tuesday night, baby was gone.
A woman fleeing the police in a van slammed into John Mitchell's Taurus while he worked a shift at Carl's Jr. at NW 23 and N MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City.
Mitchell's Taurus and a white Chevy Tahoe that belonged to another employee burst into flames.
The dramatic events followed a police chase through Oklahoma City just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
It started at EZ Pawn, 6917 Northwest Expressway, when a man and woman identified as suspects for pawning stolen goods came into the store, said Oklahoma City police Lt. Isaac Goodman. Police arrived and arrested the man, but as a police officer approached the woman sitting in a white van in the parking lot, she took off.
The woman drove north to W Britton Road, where she pulled into an apartment complex. The officer pursuing her called off the chase and called for back up because he had a suspect in the back of his squad car, Goodman said.
Officers spotted the white van within 10 minutes and tried to stop the vehicle at N MacArthur Boulevard and NW 83. A pursuit followed.
The white van slammed into an unoccupied squad car at N MacArthur Boulevard and NW 23, possibly swerving to avoid deflation devices at the intersection. The van went over a curb and hit two unoccupied cars in the parking lot.