LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Police reports share new details on a pursuit that ended with a vehicle on fire.
According to the report, around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Lawton Police officers were in a vehicle pursuit with a black mini-van that started at NW 8th St. and Gore Blvd. The pursuit ended when the mini-van crashed at NW 14th St. and Gore Blvd. Officers then made contact with the driver of the mini-van and attempted to open the driver’s door, but could not due to the door being locked. Officers told the driver to open the door, however, the woman refused. One officer then used his collapsible baton to break the driver’s side window and unlock the door from inside. The driver tried climbing into the front passenger seat. An officer was able to grab a hold of the driver, to which she swung and hit the officer in the left forearm, dragging it across the broken window glass. The driver then was then grabbed by a different officer, removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs.
At this time, another officer on scene retrieved a portable fire extinguisher from the police unit and attempted to extinguish the fire that had started by the back right tire. The officer was unable to extinguish the fire, so all officers on scene backed away from the vehicle with the driver to a safe distance. The Lawton Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.
The suspect has not yet been identified for this incident.
We’re hearing tonight about a pursuit that took place near 15th and Gore Blvd. just after 9 p.m. that resulted in a vehicle fire.
We’re working to gather more information from LPD. Be sure to stay with 7News as we learn more.