An Oklahoma City man named Brenton Hager is accused of leading police on a wild, high-speed chase while streaming part of the pursuit on Facebook Live, along with the memorable comment, “I’m on a high speed chase bro.” The signature catchphrase immediately became a meme and joke on social media, but the bizarre chase, which lasted almost three hours, was very dangerous.
The chase ended with police tasing the suspect, identified as Hager, of Oklahoma, a wannabe model who works as a journeyman, according to the Facebook page that drew an audience when he allegedly streamed part of it all on Facebook Live. You can watch the video below.
You can see a longer version of the video here:
It’s not the first time an alleged crime has been streamed live via the social networking platform, although a high-speed chase was a new wrinkle. Thousands of people watched the chase unfold, both on Facebook but also on live television newscasts, as local media broke into regularly scheduled programming to carry the pursuit live. Oklahoma City police and other jurisdictions were involved in it.
Horrified friends watched the chase unfold on Facebook Live, although that video was not available on Hager’s public profile page as the chase ended (you had to be his friend to watch the broadcast live). However, it soon turned up on YouTube after the chase had ended.
Shocked friends wrote things on Hager’s Facebook page like, “Brenton Hager what the hell are you doing babe? OMG! I’m praying for you…be careful,” wrote one person. “Just stop and give up dude,” wrote another. “Brenton what are you doing?! You’re going to get yourself shot!” implored a friend. “Damn Brenton Hager , why man? Praying for you bro, i don’t know what’s going on in life that’s caused this, man. Prayers bro!” said another. Strangers weighed in too. “I don’t know him but I’m glad he’s OK. Watched video and was worried he was gonna get shot,” said one.
You can watch other videos of the chase here:
On Facebook, Brenton Hager describes himself as “Journeyman at Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services” and says he “went to Monmouth-Roseville High School.” He’s also created a modeling profile. He wrote on that, “I rarely do any modeling or photoshoots. I just made this because someone said I ought to. I have no professional experience. I’m far from high maintenance as well lol. Im open minded and enjoy life experiences. If you like you can add me on facebook. I’m more likely to reply on there…”
Police say the truck was stolen. At one point, a KOCO News reporter wrote on Twitter, “He’s got a flat tire, he appears to be on the phone, he’s surrounded, police have stop sticks out, he’s moving again.” According to News9, the situation was very dangerous from start to end. The pickup initially was towing a trailer.
“The pickup later drove down a dead end street and crashed through a gate into a field. While in this field, the pickup lost the trailer and several police officers followed through the field,” the television station reported. “The driver stopped periodically during the chase to get rid of items including a heavy toolbox and cut barbed wire away from the vehicle. He also appeared to be on the phone for most of the chase.”
News9 reports that a citizen tried to stop the vehicle heist. “A citizen tried to confront the suspect while the suspect was unloading the pickup and the citizen shot one of the pickup’s tires, flattening it,” reported the television station. “The man reached high speeds throughout the pursuit. He also drove through fields to escape officers. Officers threw stop sticks out during one point of the chase, but the suspect drove around them,” the television station reported, adding, “Just before 1 p.m. the suspect drove into a pond and got out of the vehicle, leading police on a small foot chase. An officer tased the suspect who is now in law enforcement custody.”