Driver is identified in chase ending in crash in southwest Oklahoma City

A driver in a high-speed chase that ended in a crash Thursday has been identified. The crash was at SW 119 and S Western Avenue.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper en route to a fatal crash found himself in a high-speed chase Thursday morning, authorities said.

The trooper was headed to a fatal tractor-trailer crash in Del City when the driver of a white pickup fled near N MacArthur Boulevard on Interstate 40, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said.

The pickup driver, thinking the trooper heading to the fatal crash was after him, fled. The trooper chased the pickup to SW 119 and S Western Avenue. Twice, a tactical maneuver to ram the pickup was used before the pickup came to a halt. The pickup hit two other vehicles during the pursuit, Randolph said.

Shots were fired before the driver was taken into custody, she said.

The driver of the pickup, identified as Jason Craig Curlee, 27, of Tuttle, had felony warrants in Oklahoma County and the pickup was stolen, Randolph said.

He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail, she said.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Network court records show a bench warrant for Curlee's arrest was issued in August in Oklahoma County for failure to appear in court on a second-degree forgery felony charge.

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