As we mentioned in today's Monday Morning Tweets, the OKC social media scene was captivated by an amazing police chase on Friday afternoon.
The star of the show was Brenton Hager. The future Ogle Madness 6-seed and local model led local police and the OKC media's squadron of Bob-Choppers on a 2-hour chase through congested streets, highways and open fields in a stolen truck. If you didn't know better, you would have thought the whole thing was a promotional stunt showcasing the off-roading capabilities of the Ford F250. It really is built Ford tough.
Other than a tragic police shooting of an unarmed citizen, the chase really did have it all. At one point, Brenton was able to hop out of the truck to remove barbed wire. At another, some yahoo vigilante citizen tried to shoot out his tires. The finale, where Brenton planked after being tasered, was a thing of beauty.
The highlight of the show, though, was Brenton hopping on Facebook Live to provide a first-person broadcast of the chase. While playing his real-life version of Grand Theft Auto, Brenton talked to his friends, explained what he was doing, and was even kind enough to use his blinker.
Check it out:
Although Brenton is a drug addict, convicted felon, thief, and put his life and others in harm's way, I think he's the hero Oklahoma needs right now. Things are so shitty in this state that cheering for a convicted felon to escape police is the only thing bringing us together.
Seriously, admit it. You were kind of rooting for Brenton to make it out, go underground, and emerge 10 years later as daring storm chaser who breaks all the rules. We've all probably wondered every now and then what we would do if we were trying to outrun the police, and thanks to Brenton, we were able to live that fantasy vicariously through him. It was a lot of fun, and as an added bonus, we didn't have to go to jail in the end. We owe him our debt and gratitude. Thank you, Brenton.