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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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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