Street racing stop by police in Tulsa ends with crash near Broken Arrow


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The Broken Arrow Fire Department rendered aid to a Claremore man who was ejected from his vehicle after crashing while fleeing from police late Saturday.

Saul Hernandez, 18, of Claremore, was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa by a Life Flight helicopter but was treated and released. No one else was in the vehicle.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said speeding was the cause of the accident.

The Tulsa Police Department attempted to stop Hernandez in Tulsa near Pine Street and 129th East Avenue who involved in street racing, according to the Facebook page Tulsa Traffic Jams.

When police initiated the stop Hernandez fled westbound on Pine Street, traveling at speeds over 100 mph. He headed south on South Garnett Road to Admiral Place, then began driving east in the westbound lanes.

According to the website, the Tulsa Police Department’s helicopter began tracking Hernandez and patrol units terminated their pursuit, the website said.

Stop strips were laid down by police at 41st Street and Garnett Road and Hernandez’s grey Ford Mustang struck them on the passenger side, but he continued on.

Hernandez began driving at a high rate of speed again eastbound on the Broken Arrow Expressway, turning the car’s lights off at one point, TTJ reported.

Hernandez exited onto East Kenosha Street in Broken Arrow and continued east. He eventually lost control of the vehicle near South 305th East Avenue and it rolled an unknown number of times before coming to rest in a field. Hernandez was thrown about 45 feet from the vehicle. 

OHP and area police arrived at the scene and the Broken Arrow Fire Department rendered aid to Hernandez before Life Flight arrived. It was unknown Sunday what charges he may be facing.

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