Stolen truck starts chase, one arrested, one on run
OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is behind bars after a high-speed chase, reaching 85 miles per hour, ended safely Monday. Oklahoma City Police officials said the pursuit started just after 9 a.m., beginning at I-40 and Morgan and ended at I-240 and Western.
Bob Moore Chopper 4 was over the scene when the pursuit ended in southwest Oklahoma City. Police pinned the suspect to the ground and handcuffed the man after tracking a stolen pickup to a metro hotel.
Officials said the F-350 truck was stolen from a neighborhood near May Ave. and I-240 over the weekend.
The victim said she is feeling a sense of relief after getting her most prized possession back.
“We really work hard for what we have and for someone to just drive away with it, it’s really disappointing,” Ana Robledo said.
Robledo celebrated the holiday weekend at the lake, leaving their truck at home in their driveway.
She said it was heartbreaking to come home to find her truck gone.
Luckily a GPS system, installed by the dealership, ultimately saved the day.
“Everybody should get one of those,” Robledo said.
The suspects may have gotten away with a handful of tools and other items important to the Robledo family but they did spare the family’s $1,800 check.
For officials, high speed chases can be dangerous, requiring constant evaluation by officers and supervisors.
“You have to weigh the benefit of catching the person as opposed to what the danger is to the public,” OKC. Lt. J. Lathan said.
Luckily, no one was hurt in this pursuit and as for Robledo, ironically she bought her truck as a stolen vehicle and never thought she’d see it again.
With her truck safe and sound, she’s on the search for the rest of her missing belongings.
“Now I got to track down my tools, my compressor, so I can keep working,” Robledo said.
Police arrested one suspect, described as a white male, in late teens or early 20s.
Officials are still searching for a second suspect described as a female with blonde hair, wearing a white shirt.
Both suspects will be faced with charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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