15-Year-Old Girl Charged With Felony Assault In OKC Police Pursuit

Sunday, July 25th 2010, 9:27 am
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Police have arrested a 15-year-old girl after she lead authorities on a high-speed chase from Yukon to Oklahoma City. She now faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Oklahoma City police, the chase ended when the 15-year-old driver was trying to avoid stop sticks at S.W. 29th and May Avenue when she veered directly into the direction of a police officer. Police said that's when the officer fired his gun, causing the girl to crash into a utility pole.

"He was attempting to back up and get away from her path of the vehicle but was not able to do so," said Captain Patrick Stewart with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "He did fire one round."

As for why the chase started, Oklahoma city police said Yukon police got a call that the girl, who was reported as a runaway, was at a home in Yukon. When police showed up at the home, the girl took off in a vehicle.

The chase, according to police scanners, topped speeds of 115 mph.

"Anytime someone engages police in a pursuit, they are driving at high rates of speeds and putting a lot of citizens lives in danger and also the officers trying to get that citizen to stop," Patrick said.

The 15-year-old is facing a number of traffic violations. Police said a decision to file criminal charges will be based on if the girl intentionally tried to hit the officer. That will be determined once the investigation is wrapped up.

Neither the officer who fired his gun nor the girl was injured. However, the girl was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

She is currently being held at a juvenile detention center.

"Obviously there'll be consequences, and there'll be consequences through the juvenile justice system," said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Patrick Stewart.