OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma sheriff is stable after he crashed his cruiser into a tree during a police pursuit.
Officials say Cotton County Sheriff Kent Simpson's condition has been upgraded and could be released as early as Christmas Day.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the 59-year-old Simpson was responding to assist with a stolen vehicle pursuit early Monday when he lost control of his cruiser on a gravel road and slammed into a tree.
He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Lawton and then flown by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in serious condition with head, arm, leg and internal injuries.
The patrol reports Simpson was not wearing a seat belt.
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