OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City driver is behind bars after slamming into a police car in Northeast Oklahoma City.
A black Tahoe was stopped on the I-35 South on-ramp entrance, and when police arrived the unexpected happened.
“It could have been real bad,” said Lt. Ron Northcutt, Oklahoma City Police Department.
Fire crews pulled up behind the vehicle parked near Northeast 50th and I-35.
Then Oklahoma City Police arrived to the scene and trapped in the black SUV.
“The officer pulled in front of the car, was fixing to get out of the vehicle and the subject that was passed out in the vehicle decided he was going to try to get away and ran into our police car,” said Northcutt.
Luckily the officer was not hurt, but there is quite a bit of damage to the police car’s left back bumper.
Police said the suspect, Taylor Dotson, 31, was under the influence at the time of the crash.
“He is intoxicated, we’re unsure if it’s alcohol and or drugs,” said Northcutt.
At the scene, officers confiscated prescription pill bottles.
While this was a scary situation for the police, the damage could’ve been worse if the driver would have made it up the ramp and onto I-35.
“If he would’ve been passed out on the highway, he would’ve been in a stationary vehicle with vehicles going 60-70 miles an hour and it could’ve been deadly,” said Northcutt.
The suspect refused to take a field sobriety test, but will have to take a breath test.
Police said the man arrested could have DUI and traffic charges.