The Edmond Sun

April 8, 2013

Police to explore ‘car surfing’ charges with DA

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Police plan to discuss possible charges related to a recent “car surfing” incident that sent two juveniles to a metro hospital with serious injuries, a spokeswoman said.

On Monday, the Edmond Police Department released the traffic collision report, which was filed by Edmond Police Officer Danny Austill on March 29. It contains new details about the March 28 incident that occurred at dusk on Running Branch Road in a residential neighborhood.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the Police Department plans to explore charges with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office this week. Regarding the condition of the two victims one has been released from OU Medical Center and the other remains in the intensive care unit, according to the hospital.

The incident occurred on a straight stretch of city street, according to the report. The vehicle, described as an SUV, was driving north on Running Branch Road and had just passed Ridgecrest Road. It was occupied by juveniles and one adult passenger.

Two juvenile passengers decided to ride on the outside of the vehicle “in an attempt to have a thrill ride,” the report stated. All occupants of the vehicle agreed to the act, it stated.

After the juveniles were outside holding on the vehicle began traveling north on Running Branch Road, according to the report. To seek more of a thrill ride, the driver began swerving back and forth while driving at a high rate of speed, the report stated.

One of the outside occupants who was standing on the rear bumper holding onto the roof luggage rack was ejected, according to the report. About 169 feet after the first outside occupant was ejected the second outside occupant was ejected, the report stated. | 341-2121, ext. 108