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Cotton County sheriff hospitalized after joining vehicle pursuit

Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 13:43:22-05

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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