NORMAN — A vehicle pursuit that began in Blanchard early today ended up with police stopping the vehicle and apprehending the driver in Norman, police said.
Norman Police spokesman Tom Easley said Norman officers became involved about 9 a.m. Thursday. The chase included Oklahoma Highway Patrol units and a helicopter.
The vehicle was involved in a hit and run at Porter and Frank Street, just before the driver was apprehended. The driver was arrested at the Norman Regional Hospital Porter campus parking lot shortly after 9 a.m. The driver reportedly was chased through downtown Norman and ended up on North Porter Avenue.
Norman Police provided the following approximate route for the chase: East bound on State Highway 9 from I-35 —mutual aid request received shortly after suspect vehicle cleared McGee — lost in area of Berry Road and believed to have backtracked somewhere and traveled northbound on McGee.
Police received call that the Lexus went through the intersection of Lindsey and McGee. The vehicle was later seen westbound on Robinson at I-35. It then traveled south on 36th Avenue NW, east on Main Street. Stop sticks were deployed on James Garner Avenue and Main Street.
Police said one wheel was affected. The vehicle then went northbound on Porter Avenue, hit another vehicle at Frank Street before continuing to the Norman Regional Porter Campus ER parking lot. The driver ran northbound but was quickly apprehended.
Easley said it was his understanding that the original offense involved traffic violations. He referred further questions to Blanchard police.