TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma man crashed a stolen utility truck through the ports of Tulsa International Airport early Wednesday, that a chase in a job that came to an end when the truck plowed through a fence and onto a highway, causing a fatal accident, according to the researchers.
The 24-year-old man was arrested at about 12 km from where the abandoned truck was found on Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma Highway Agent Dwight Durant said. The authorities believe that the man fled on foot after crashing the head in a vehicle on U.S. 75.
The man, who hasn’t been formally charged, was held for questioning on suspicion of murder, according to Durant. The name of the person who died in the accident has not been released.
The chase began before dawn Wednesday, after Sapulpa police responded to calls about an intruder at a company that works on trucks. When the officers arrived, someone was driving a utility truck. Sapulpa police back off and let the Highway Patrol take over.
A soldier who chased the stolen car on the airport property saw the truck rolled in the direction of a parked private jet, Durant told The Associated Press. Sure there were passengers on the jet, the trooper used his cruiser to ram the truck, which offset his cruiser for approximately two to three times, Durant said.
“He had an instant thought, ‘The jet is loaded with people who are willing to take,” and he thinks, ‘I have to do something,'” Durant said.
The maneuver derived from the truck away from the aircraft. But the truck crossed over a job twice, burst through a fence around the airport and to the nearby USA. 75.
Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said the truck came in the vicinity of a parked Gulfstream jet, which had one person on board, but was not put on the preparation to take off.
“The airport is not even anyone there to respond, it happened so fast,” Higgins said. “This happened within a minute or a few minutes.”
The truck crosses a runway mainly used for corporate business aircraft and private jets, Higgins said. Higgins said the pursuit does not interfere with regular air traffic, and that the runway was closed for about four hours.