Man in custody after fatal crash on Highway 75, Tulsa Airport runway pursuit

Posted at 6:53 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 19:48:33-04

TULSA - Police are investigating a fatal wreck after several agencies were involved in a chase early Wednesday morning that led authorities onto a runway at the Tulsa International Airport.

Jerry Lee Newman, 24, is in custody in connection with the pursuit. He was arrested in the 10900 block of East 33rd Place.

Officials say the head-on collision occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 75, just north of Pine.

The pursuit began in Sapulpa and continued through Tulsa after the suspect allegedly stole a utility vehicle.

According to police, the suspect then crashed through a perimeter gate at the Tulsa International Airport and was able to make it onto a runway.

Airport officials say the runway is not used for commercial flights and that no flights were affected.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the suspect came close to a plane on the tarmac and that a trooper most likely prevented an event at the airport.

The pursuit then continued on Highway 75 where the fatal crash occurred, according to police.

Officers on scene say the suspect took off on foot after the wreck.

OHP has set up a tip line and asks that anyone with information call 405-425-7620 or email

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