Court date set in assault case

August 25, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set in Kay County District Court for Rodney Ray Colwell, 60, Ponca City.

Colwell is facing a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor charges, possession of CDS and reckless driving.

Kay County deputy Casey Jenkins reports in the affidavit that on July 6 he responded to a report of a reckless driver identified as Colwell.

Colwell was reportedly chasing family members in regards to a call made to Adult Protective Services concerning an elderly family member.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Josh Kelle reportedly got behind Colwell eastbound on U.S. 60.

Rodney Ray Colwell

Colwell reportedly stopped on the shoulder and made contact with the trooper, members of the sheriff’s department and Tonkawa police chief Nick Payne.

He reportedly told law enforcement that he knew they were after him and reportedly confessed to positioning his truck in front of his family member’s vehicle on SW Miller Lane in an attempt to prevent them from leaving.

He denied allegations of trying to run them off the road.

Jenkins reports finding pills in Colwell’s vehicle.

Colwell reportedly stated they were Percocet and that he had a prescription for them but not with him.

No other illegal items were found in the truck.

Colwell’s family members reportedly told investigators that they feared for their lives when Colwell began chasing them at speeds over 100mph. 

Colwell is free on $50,000 bond and was ordered not to have contact with the family members.