TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of plowing a stolen truck across an airport runway during a police chase then causing a fatal highway crash was recently released from prison after convictions on similar crimes.
Department of Corrections records show 24-year-old Jerry Newman served about two years after a 2015 conviction for fleeing officers in a stolen truck and colliding with two other vehicles. He was released in February.
Newman faces a first-degree murder complaint after authorities say he rammed a Tulsa International Airport gate Wednesday and appeared to charge a parked private jet. The truck burst through another gate and onto a highway, where it collided with another car, killing one person.
He’s due in court Friday.
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A number listed for Newman’s lawyer in the 2015 case rings unanswered.