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Arrest made in airport chase crash that killed 1

The Associated Press - May 25, 2017 8:52 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a 24-year-old man accused of causing a fatal accident after the stolen utility truck he was driving crashed through a fence at Tulsa International Airport and onto a highway.
Oklahoma Highway Patrolman Dwight Durant says troopers arrested the man, identified as Jerry Newman, Wednesday afternoon, about 12 miles from where investigators say he abandoned the truck after the accident.
Durant says a trooper chasing the truck across airport property early Wednesday rammed the vehicle with his cruiser as he saw it barreling toward a parked jet. The trooper worried there were passengers onboard the plane.
Durant says the maneuver diverted the stolen truck, which then crossed over a runway twice, burst through a fence and drove onto U.S. 75, where it crashed head-on with another vehicle. One person in the other vehicle was killed.


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