OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma state trooper is being praised for comforting a suspect’s 2-year-old daughter following a high-speed chase Wednesday.
According to KOCO-TV, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol attempted to stop a speeding driver, who fled troopers in a chase that began at interstates 235 and 44, authorities said. When the pursuit ended a few minutes later, troopers arrested the 24-year-old suspect – a man who had outstanding felony warrants, KOCO reported.
While at the scene, state Trooper Gary Hightower discovered a toddler in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle. The girl “was not secured in a car seat at the time,” he told the news outlet.
Hightower, who has five children and a grandchild of his own, quickly began to comfort the girl, according to KOCO. The Highway Patrol later shared a photo of the moment on the department’s Facebook page.
“What do troopers do when a felon eludes them at over 100 miles per hour with a 2-year-old baby in the vehicle? They take him to jail and keep the baby warm and entertained with Spongebob Squarepants on the phone until a family member can pick her up,” authorities captioned the post, which has been shared more than 2,000 times. “Just another day in the life of OHP.”