OHP pilot in stable condition after Friday plane crash; suspect fled accident scene, arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY - National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the details of the crash of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol plane on Friday.

Officials say the pilot, Trooper Dennis Dickens, was assisting Troopers and other law enforcement officials, with a search for an injured person which fled an accident scene on foot into a wooded area shortly after 7 p.m.

Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said Dickens located the suspect and was able to direct other officers to the area.

As officers were heading there, the trooper's plane went nose-down into the ground near State Highway 9, about two miles east of State Highway 102 in Pottawatomie County.

Dickens was transported to an Oklahoma City area hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Officials say the suspect, 50-year-old Brent McKenzie, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Pottawatomie County Jail on charges of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, making an unsafe lane change and resisting arrest.

McKenzie is being held without bond.

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