July 4, 1999

Officer Seriously Injured Motorcyclist Held After Chase

By Andrea Perrin Staff Writer

An afternoon chase in Bethany resulted in serious injuries for a police officer and landed a man in jail. Officer Timothy McCarthey, 25, was in serious condition Saturday. Bethany Police Chief Neal Troutman said the chase began about 4 p.m. in the 7200 block of NW 39 Expressway. Several officers pursued a man on a motorcycle, possibly for a routine traffic stop. Officers were westbound at up to 90 mph as they came to a bridge over the North Canadian River and the motorcycle rider turned around and headed east on NW 39th Expressway, Troutman said. Bethany was holding it's Fourth of July Fun Festival three blocks south of NW 39 Expressway and Glade Avenue, and officers were patrolling the area on foot and on bicycle, Troutman said. Several headed to the intersection to help in the pursuit. The officers were standing on the shoulder of NW 39 Expressway and some pulled their weapons to try to stop the motorcyclist. Troutman said the motorcycle and pursuing officers were driving about 70 mph to 80 mph when they came upon the officers on foot.

The motorcycle swerved, ran over McCarthey and flipped. The driver tried to run but was quickly caught. Jason Michael Hollingsworth, 21, of Yukon was in the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of attempted murder, reckless driving, attempting to elude police, maiming, driving without a driver's license and driving with a suspended license. He was also held on warrants for failing to appear in court and Oklahoma City traffic tickets. No bond was set. Integris Baptist Medical Center spokesman Shari Talley said McCarthey's left leg was partially amputated in the wreck, and he suffered two fractures of his left arm. The officer was in serious condition, he said.