A large recreational vehicle crashed on the Kilpatrick Turnpike after leading Oklahoma City police on a chase, Thursday night (April 24).
The chase started on Interstate 40, near Rockwell, according to a News 9 report.
Police say the suspect, who was driving a large white motorhome, had felony drug warrants out for his arrest.
Oklahoma City Police told News 9 that police went out to the RV park near I-40 and Council Road to serve three felony warrants on 30-year-old Richard Parver, when he and a female fled in the Class A motorhome.
NewsChannel Four identifies the campground as Rockwell RV Park and the driver of the motorhome as Richard Tarver.
The chase lasted over 30 minutes, winding around the metro region with the older model motorhome running over several stop sticks before finally crashing out and catching fire on the Kilpatrick Turnpike, near County Line Road.
Authorities had to act fast to douse the flames due to a propane tank on the RV. No one was injured during the chase.
All eastbound lanes of the turnpike and one westbound lane were closed for 20 minutes while police worked the scene.
Campground manager, David Miller, told NewsChannel Four the driver and a woman were staying at his RV park. However, Miller didn’t know the man by the name of Tarver.
“He didn’t use his real name when he signed in,” said Miller.
Tarver has a history of doing that. Arrest records show officers have caught him with at least three fake IDs, but he would never show up for court. As a result the police showed up at his motorhome door to arrest him again.
Park surveillance cameras show a cloud of dust as the RV pulled out of the park, police chasing behind.
The motorhome smashed into the entry way at the RV park, taking down a six foot tall column of bricks. Campers there couldn’t believe the man ran in the big vehicle.
Tarver lost his antenna and his first hub cap at the RV park and lost the other three hub caps 27 miles down the interstate.
“Oh, he could have killed a lot of people,” Miller told NewsChannel Four.
“So I’m glad the police got him he’s where he need to be.”
Initially, police were going to arrest Tarver for three warrants.
Now, he has a total of ten charges against him after running from the police.
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