The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 18, 2013

Garber teen injured following chase, crash

Enid News and Eagle

— Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in an early-morning accident Saturday in Grant County that injured a Garber teen.

According to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Daniel A. Parks, 17, of Garber, turned a 2003 Dodge pickup south onto a county road when a trooper spotted him cross the center line into the northbound lane.

The trooper turned on his lights to pull Parks over, but Parks kept driving in an effort to elude the trooper. After 17.6 miles, Parks lost control  of the pickup and struck a utility pole.

Parks was thrown from the vehicle and landed 20 feet away from the pickup.

He was taken by Medford EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid with injuries to his trunk and legs. He was listed in stable condition, the report notes.

The report notes Parks had an odor of alcohol and that the pickup was equipped with seat belts, but Parks was not using them.