Oklahoma City police pursuit ends in crash, woman killed
May 26, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman died after the car she was driving was struck by a stolen pickup truck being pursed by Oklahoma City police.
The truck, reported stolen Monday, was tracked by the owner using his telephone, relaying its location to officers who spotted and began pursuing it, according to Capt. Dan Stewart.
During the pursuit the truck crashed into a car driven by Starr Shells, 28, who died at a hospital of injuries suffered in the collision.
"The other driver (Shells) was not involved, they were just minding their own business," Stewart said.
The truck's driver, Wacey Gerron Mikles, 38, was injured and hospitalized under police guard and will be arrested on warrants including second-degree murder, drug possession and other charges Stewart said.
Mikles remained hospitalized in fair condition Tuesday, according to hospital spokesperson.
Police Sgt. Gary Knight said Tuesday that the pursuit remained under investigation.
The police department's pursuit policy states that "effort should be made to avoid pursuits due to the extreme danger present in such activity ... when the danger of a pursuit exceeds the value of an immediate apprehension, public safety shall be paramount and require alternative methods of apprehension."