Aiken police looking for father, son

Aiken police are searching for a father and son who fled from them Monday.


A woman told police her ex-husband, Ernest Simpkins, 44, of Graniteville, had started following her vehicle about 4:30 p.m.

She was trying to drive to the sheriff’s office when Simpkins cut her off in traffic, got into her back seat and questioned her about a divorce and adultery, an Aiken Department of Public Safety incident report stated. Simpkins then got back into his vehicle but continued to follow her, fleeing only when she entered the sheriff’s office parking lot.

Aiken officers soon found Simpkins and tried a traffic stop, but he continued to flee before jumping from the vehicle and running into the woods.

A man, later identified as Simpkins’ 21-year-old son, Jalen Simpkins, arrived and claimed he was the driver who had driven away.

The report states the officer knew that to be false and suspected the younger Simpkins was trying to draw attention from his father so he could escape.

Police were trying to arrest Jalen Simpkins when he, too, ran from officers. Police said the 21-year-old pushed an officer to the ground before he ran into traffic.

Ernest Simpkins is facing charges of harassment, reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, and violating an order of protection. Jalen Simpkins is facing charges of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest with bodily injury.

Anyone with information on either suspect is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (888) 274-6372.



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