Man arrested after fleeing traffic stop in stolen car, police say
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8/18/11 at 8:25 PM
A Tulsa man was arrested Thursday evening after police said he drove a stolen car at speeds up to 90 miles per hour in an unsuccessful attempt to elude officers.
Kareem Meeks, 34, was pulled over shortly after 5 p.m. near 300 W. Fairview Street for a suspected traffic violation, Tulsa Police Sgt. Mark Wollmershauser said.
Meeks stopped briefly, and a passenger got out of the car and ran away, Wollmershauser said.
Meeks then accelerated and led officers on a pursuit along Peoria Avenue, U.S. 75 and Oklahoma 11, where he reached a speed of about 90 miles per hour, Wollmershauser said.
Stop sticks put in Meeks' path by police ultimately punctured a tire on the stolen 1980s-era Chevrolet Caprice Classic and led him to stop in the parking lot of the Walmart at Admiral Boulevard and Memorial Dr., Wollmershauser said.
Meeks was booked into Tulsa Jail shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday on complaints that include eluding, possessing a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, driving without insurance verification and improper tag display.
Nobody was injured, Wollmershauser said.