Sapulpa Police say they now have a suspect for this morning’s police chase that resulted in the death of a motorist on Hwy 75.
It’s been a tough 24 hours for Sapulpa Police Department. After yesterday’s pipe bomb event that had the Creek County Courthouse on lockdown and a quick catch, thanks to the cameras outside the courthouse, Sapulpa PD had earned a breather but they weren’t going to get one.
Early Wednesday morning a call came to Sapulpa Police of someone breaking into the Rush Trucking lot. The suspect, believed to be Jerry Lee Newman, 24, stole an ONG truck and gave chase.
Sapulpa Police were joined with Tulsa Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol as the pursuit led through Tulsa and north to the Tulsa International Airport. The suspect took the vehicle up on the tarmac of the airport and continued to elude police, despite tactical vehicle intervention measures taken by OHP.
The vehicle eventually exited the tarmac and began driving northbound on the southbound lanes of Hwy 75, where the police abandoned the pursuit due to safety concerns. Just moments later, a call came in about an accident. The suspect, believed to have been involved, was now on foot. The other driver was killed.
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Sapulpa Police held a press conference outlining the situation at roughly 1:30pm establishing the pattern and direction of the chase, and the current whereabouts of the suspect. It was at this point that a name came out: Jerry Lee Newman.
Moments after the press conference ended, the words came that Jerry Lee Newman was in custody. State and Federal charges are expected to be made.