Tulsa Man Arrested After High-Speed Police Chase From Tulsa To Nowata

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 7:14 am
By: News On 6

Police arrested a Tulsa man and woman after a high-speed chase across three counties early Wednesday. 

Tulsa Police said the chase began when an officer tried to stop a Honda Accord on Highway 169 near I-44 at about 2 a.m. They said the driver, Jacob Rathburn, 25, took off heading north on 169 with speeds reaching 90 miles per hour. 

Five other departments joined in the chase which ended just south of Nowata. 

Owasso Police said their officers deployed at least three sets of stop sticks but Rathburn avoided them. Officers said the chase ended when Rathburn's car blew its engine. 

They said Rathburn threw a handgun out of the car during the chase. Police also arrested the passenger, identified as Brooke Helton, on municipal warrants.

Police said Rathburn had picked up Helton at a Tulsa casino. She claimed Rathburn kidnapped her, they said.

The Tulsa Police helicopter followed the pursuit which included officers from Owasso, Collinsville and Oologah and deputies from Rogers and Nowata County.

Police said the Honda was reported stolen out of Tulsa.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections records show Rathburn was released from prison in May 2014 after serving time out of Tulsa County for illegal possession of a firearm and concealing stolen property.

Rathburn was booked into the Tulsa County jail on numerous complaints including running a road block, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding. Jail records show he is being held on a bond of $47,000 with a court appearance set for December 26, 2014