Tulsa Driver Hits Two Motorcyclists In Injury Hit And Run


Saturday, September 3rd 2011, 8:38 am
By: News On 6


Dee Duren, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa driver hit two motorcycles and apparently tried to strike a third in what police say was an alcohol-fueled, injury hit and run.

Two people were taken to the hospital after the collision which took place just before 1 a.m. at 9700 E. 11th Street.

Several motorcyclists were at the intersection of 11th and Mingo when the driver of a tan Chevy Tahoe rear ended the group. Two bikes went down, according to witness Jeremiah Harper, who was riding a third motorcycle.

"I heard a loud 'bang, pop,'" Harper told the News On 6. "I looked back. Ramsey was up underneath the vehicle, and Oliver had slid off to the curb."

Harper said the driver backed up before fleeing the scene. He said he followed the Tahoe and had to dodge the SUV twice.

"He was trying to run me over - trying to get me to quit chasing him, I guess," Harper said.

The motorcyclist pursued the Tahoe for several blocks, and a security guard who witnessed the SUV fleeing the scene also gave chase. They followed the vehicle for several blocks before the Tahoe was stopped by a barrier. The two men apprehended the driver until police arrived.

The driver and passenger of one of the motorcycles were taken to a local hospital in unknown condition. The passenger of the second motorcycle refused treatment at the scene for several scrapes.

Police arrested the Chevy Tahoe driver, later identified as Stephan James, for fleeing the scene of an injury accident and suspicion of driving under the influence.