Dramatic End For Chase Of Tulsa Bank Robbery Suspect

Friday, July 6th 2018, 3:48 pm
By: David Prock, Amy Slanchik

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper spun out a suspect in an SUV, ending a chase that ran through parts of Tulsa Friday afternoon.

Tulsa Police say Mark Jones robbed the Commerce Bank in Utica Square at about 2 p.m. then drove off in a black Ford Expedition. 

Officers saw the SUV near 23rd Street and Southwest Boulevard and the chase began. When the chase entered I-44 the Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined it. At one point the SUV drove around "stop sticks." 

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD showed a trooper using his cruiser to spin the SUV around. The maneuver is called a Tactical Vehicle Intervention or Pursuit Intervention Technique. The Ford SUV rolled over onto its top on I-44 just east of the Turner Turnpike gate. Troopers and police then pulled Jones out of the SUV and arrested him. Jones is being held at Tulsa County Jail, no one else was hurt during the maneuver.

Bobby Hamilton was outside at work when the suspect and police flew past him.

"We were hooking up a trailer outside, approximately, I don't know about 100 yards from the highway and then just like 30 cop cars come flying by," said Hamilton.

He praised the trooper for the smooth technique, only impacting the suspect's vehicle, and stopping him from getting away. 

As police took Jones into custody the found a bank bag full of cash and gun. Officers did not release how much money is stolen in bank robberies as is standard procedure.