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Oklahoma City car chase ends in parking lot with two vehicles caught on fire

The dramatic events followed a police chase through Oklahoma City just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: November 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm •  Published: November 5, 2013

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.

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