Colonel Rick Adams, Director of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, sadly reports the death of Lt. D. Heath Meyer.
Lt. Meyer, 43, was assisting two other Highway Patrol troopers who were involved in a high speed chase on the freeway. Meyer had laid down stop sticks in an attempt to deflate tires on the suspect’s vehicle. After the suspect had driven past the stop sticks, one of the troopers swerved to avoid one of the devices that remained in the roadway.
The trooper lost control of his vehicle and struck another trooper’s vehicle that was also involved in the pursuit. The second trooper then lost control of his vehicle and struck Meyer. He was transported to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center where he remained in the intensive care unit until his condition deteriorated and he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Dangelo Ladon Burgess, 28, was taken into custody last Friday night. He was booked without bail in the Cleveland County jail.
D. Heath Meyer served the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 12 years. He was a graduate of the 55th Trooper Recruit School and was promoted to his current rank in 2014. He was assigned to Troop A in Oklahoma City. His wife, Missy, and two daughters, Isabelle, 15 and Lily, 10 survive him.
Lt. D. Heath Meyer is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Monday, July 24, 2017.
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