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UPDATE: Third person from Monday police chase found in Arkansas River

Tulsa Police Department on-scene after discovering a woman's body in the Arkansas River.
Tulsa Police Department Dive Unit going to retrieve a woman's body from the Arkansas River.
Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 15:57:58-04

TULSA, Okla. — The driver who drove a car into the Arkansas River after a police chase Monday morning turned himself in this morning.

Jose Lara was charged with manslaughter and eluding arrest.

A 19-year-old victim, Nathaly Medina, was found dead in the river not too far from where the car landed. The other passenger in the car is in critical condition at the hospital.

This is a developing story.


The Tulsa Police Department is trying to find a possible third person after a police chase ended with a car in the Arkansas River this morning.

TPD attempted to pull over a car near 61st and Peoria earlier this morning. Officers said the driver then took-off down 61st before plunging into the Arkansas River.

Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the car into the river. The driver refused to surrender at first and officers had to use pepper balls in order to arrest him.

The driver is now being questioned by TPD.

The passenger was rescued by an on-scene officer after falling unconscious from the crash. That person is now in critical condition at the hospital.

Tulsa police believe there was a third person involved who was in the backseat and are under current investigation to find them.

The identities of the suspects are not being released at this time or why they ran from the police.

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