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Father & Son Sought After Fleeing Aiken Police

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Aiken Public Safety is requesting the communities’ assistance in locating a father and son who fled officers.

Ernest Simpkins, 44 (left) and Jalen Simpkins, 21, both of Graniteville, are being sought. Ernest Simpkins is wanted for Harassment, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren. Mr. Simpkins is also wanted by Aiken County Sheriff’s Office for Violation of an Order of Protection.

Jalen Simpkins is wanted for Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Arrest with Bodily Injury.

On Monday, police say Ernest Simpkins was following his ex-wife along the roadway and used his vehicle to block her in before entering her vehicle. Upon exiting her vehicle, Ernest Simpkins returned to his vehicle and then followed the victim to the parking lot of Aiken County Sheriff’s Office before fleeing the location.

A short time later, the vehicle was observed exiting the city limits and travelling on Jefferson Davis Highway. Aiken officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and the vehicle continued into Graniteville. Once in Graniteville the driver stopped the vehicle and fled the traffic stop on foot.

After a short time the suspect’s son, Jalen Simpkins, arrived at the scene of the traffic stop indicating he was the driver of the vehicle, and then he fled on foot. The officer involved knew Jalen Simpkins was attempting to draw the attention of perimeter officers to aid in the further escape of his father.

Jalen Simpkins was being placed under arrest for obstruction of justice when he began to resist those efforts. During the resistance he pushed an officer to the ground causing the officer to suffer injuries. He then fled the area on foot.

Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). Callers will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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