COTTON COUNTY, OK (TNN) - More information has been released in the wreck which sent Cotton County Sheriff Kent Simpson to the hospital on Christmas Eve.
The suspect authorities were chasing at the time of the crash has been identified as the sheriff’s son, 40-year-old Travis Simpson.
On Thursday, an arrest warrant was issued for Travis Simpson in connection to that night’s events. According to court documents, Simpson is charged with Endangering Others While Eluding/Attempting to Elude Police Officers, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Driving with License Canceled/Suspended/Revoked.
Documents say that around 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve, officers spotted a Jeep in the 100 block of W. Nevada in Walters which had been reported stolen out of Wichita County (TX). Officers attempted to pull over the truck and discovered Simpson was at the wheel. The truck sped away from officers and a pursuit followed. Simpson reportedly hit speeds near 90 miles per hour through the city streets of Walters.
Walter police asked for assistance from the Cotton County Sheriff’s Department as Simpson left city limits headed towards county jurisdiction. While responding to the call for assistance, Sheriff Kent Simpson was involved in the wreck which sent him to the hospital.
Travis Simpson eventually was able to take the Jeep he was driving off-road where officers could not follow and was not captured that night.
On Thursday night, Simpson turned himself in to the Cotton County Jail and is currently being held there according to Cotton County Undersheriff Bobby Sparks.
Due to Oklahoma’s “3 Strike Law,” Simpson could face up to life in prison if convicted of these current charges. He previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Theft of Anhydrous Ammonia in 2003 along with two other felony drug related charges in 2003 and 2014.