Bixby man with 9 DUI convictions arrested again after high-speed chase through Tulsa
9:42 PM, Nov 8, 2013
TULSA - A Bixby man was booked into jail Friday morning for his 11th alcohol-related offense in Tulsa County after leading police on a high-speed chase through the city.
Thomas Supernaw, 45, was driving with a busted tail light late and expired tags Thursday night and made an improper turn when a Tulsa police officer tried pulling him over. Supernaw ignored the officer, according to police documents, and continued driving until pulling up to a red light on Sheridan Road.
A woman riding with Supernaw then got out of the stopped car and rushed over to the trailing police car, warning the officer her companion was about to flee. Supernaw did pull away, driving through nearby neighborhoods at speeds of more than 60 mph before making his way onto SH-51, where he weaved in and out of traffic at more than 100 mph, according to his booking report.
Supernaw eventually left his vehicle and took off on foot before being caught near West 23rd Street and Riverside Drive. Supernaw refused to be tested for alcohol by officers but was visibly drunk, according to police written testimony. He also didn't have a driver's license, as it had been revoked.
A look into Supernaw's history with arrests in the county shows an extremely worrisome pattern. First arrested for driving under the influence in 1988, Supernaw would ultimately plead guilty to nine other DUI charges, with another being dismissed.
Supernaw's arrest records also reveal an inclination to run from law enforcement, with six convictions of eluding an officer prior to Friday.
Supernaw is being held on $52,000 bond and is due in court Nov. 15 to address the latest incident.