Driver Ignores Barricade, Crashes On Closed Downtown Tulsa Highway

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 7:56 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- For the second time in a week, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating an accident in a construction zone on the northeast corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop in downtown Tulsa.

OHP troopers say a driver went around the barricades early Tuesday morning and wrecked his car less than a half a mile from construction workers.

Tuesday's accident happened at 2:30 a.m.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Jury Cline of Broken Arrow was arrested on a complaint of Driving While Intoxicated.

Troopers say Cline drove around the barricades and crashed his vehicle into some construction materials in the roadway, which disabled his vehicle.

Cline called for a wrecker to tow his vehicle, but the wrecker service contacted OHP.

Troopers say this is turning into a pattern.

"All the incidents we've had at this particular location has been alcohol related. They've chosen to go around the road closed barricades," said trooper Darrick Eades.

Eades says this accident could have been even worse, if Cline had not disabled his vehicle, he could have driven off one of the bridges with no decking or even worse, hit some construction workers.

Cline was booked into the Tulsa County jail.

On June 29th, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said an unidentified driver drove his pickup truck around barricades at the Cincinnati Street exit and onto a northeast IDL bridge which had no decking, just steel beams.

That driver has not been found.

6/29/2010 Related story: Truck Left Dangling Off Bridge After Tulsa Driver Ignores Barricades