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Aiken police looking for father, son

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

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Jalen Simpkins

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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Time1 07/09/14 - 02:13 pm
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Like father like son.

Like father like son.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/09/14 - 02:51 pm
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TIME1
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You said it first. Unfortunately we'll probably be hearing about more crime from them both.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/09/14 - 03:29 pm
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Ain't that the truth!! What

Ain't that the truth!! What did Jalen think was going to happen, when he approached and claimed to be the one who fled from the first traffic stop? Did he think they would say "Ooh, alright then. You have a good day sir, we thought it was your father." Even if they believed him, he was still going to jail for fleeing!! Then he decides to compound their crimes, by fleeing himself; adding additional charges to both he and his father!!

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dichotomy 07/09/14 - 05:47 pm
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Scumbags beget scumbags.

Scumbags beget scumbags.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/10/14 - 08:59 am
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I'm surprised he had a father he knew. It's a shame because a role model like that will have them getting their quality time in jail.

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grinder48 07/10/14 - 04:31 pm
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Stupid
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It's just hard to believe sometimes how completely stupid people can be ...

debbiep38
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debbiep38 07/10/14 - 05:25 pm
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Jalen's lucky;
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At least he had a father in his life to guide him down the Primrose path.

redapples
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redapples 07/11/14 - 08:45 am
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Hard to say this kid is

Hard to say this kid is better off having had a father in his life.

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