One person is dead Wednesday after a head-on collision on the Broken Arrow Expressway.
Emergency paramedics were called to the area between Mingo and Memorial around before 1 a.m.
An officer in an unmarked detective vehicle spotted the man driving the speed limit, but in the wrong lane.
The officer was headed home in the eastbound lane and tried to drive alongside the driver, flashing his lights to make contact.
He radioed for help, but not before the driver smashed into another man's car in the westbound lane.
That man died at the scene. Police said he was on his way to work and pulled over to avoid the driver coming at him.
The wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
Police say alcohol could be a contributing factor. The ABLE Commission is investigating the accident. A lieutenant said witnesses reportedly told them they had seen the driver at a location licensed to sell alcohol that night.
"In the state of Oklahoma, if you sell alcohol to a person that's already intoxicated, it's a felony," Lieu. Erik Smoot said.
Police said any charges against the driver are up to the district attorney. But in this kind of incident, second degree murder charges are possible. The ABLE Commission said manslaughter charges might be more likely.
The westbound lanes of the B.A. Expressway were closed until about 4am.
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