Bank robbery suspect crashes following pursuit in northwest Oklahoma City

by Austin Prickett and Jennifer Falsetti

Authorities say one of the bank robbery suspects crashed his vehicle along May Avenue south of Hefner. (KOKH/Scott Noland)

Police say a bank robbery suspect crashed his vehicle following a pursuit Wednesday in northwest Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City Police Department confirms that just after 12:30 p.m. June 21 officers were called to an attempted robbery at Bank of America, 2101 W. Memorial. During the robbery, the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Drew Blanton, allegedly dropped his weapon in the business.

Blanton fled the scene in a blue Dodge Ram. A witness on scene was able to provide a tag number of the truck which led police to a home in the 11100 block of Quail Creek Road. The suspect’s vehicle was then spotted in the area by a police helicopter and followed.

“Air one remained following that vehicle which quickly crashed out approximately 15 seconds after it fled the area,” said Officer Megan Morgan.

Police say the suspect jumped the curb into the parking lot of the business and then struck a vehicle, which flew in the air and hit two other cars. Blanton was transported to the hospital following the crash. No one else was injured. The owner of the first struck vehicle tells FOX 25 he had gotten out of the vehicle only minutes before the crash.

Blanton will face a complaint of armed robbery with a firearm.

Court documents show Blanton was arrested on the 18th on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

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