Charges filed in three-vehicle accident case

June 6, 2024 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A court date is set for Lawrence Geddes Carson, 54, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court.

Carson is facing a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and two misdemeanor charges including driving with a suspended license.

Lawrence Geddes Carson

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Crompton, reports that on April 4, he responded to a three-vehicle injury accident at U.S. 60 and 76th Street west of Tonkawa.

Troopers report that a pickup rear ended a farm sprayer and then hit another vehicle head on.

Tonkawa first responders advised that they were transporting a subject to the emergency room in Blackwell and that two others were going to the ER with family members.

Crompton reports that he arrived on scene and observed a green colored farm sprayer sitting in the field south of the roadway and a large pickup in a ditch on the north side of the road. A third vehicle was sitting in the westbound lanes.

Kay County deputies advised that the driver of the pickup had left the scene.

The driver of the farm sprayer, Gregory Butts, reportedly told the trooper that he was traveling east on U.S. 60 and moved to the right for a vehicle that was coming westbound. Butts then noticed a red truck coming up behind him very fast.

The truck reportedly hit the rear driver’s side tire,  and went into oncoming traffic, hitting a 2015 Honda Civic driven by Valerie Hawkins.

Hawkins was treated for chest pains and an injured thumb. She had two juveniles in the vehicle. One sustained a small abrasion to her lower leg from the air bag. All were treated and released.

Butts said after the accident he tried to speak to the driver of the pickup identified as Carson. He said Carson was moving firearms around and pointed one at him.

Tonkawa police officer Conner Bunny reports that he spoke to Carson and told him to be checked by medical crews.

Tonkawa EMS crew member Bryan Jordan, reportedly medically assessed Carson and cleared him. Carson reportedly said his ride had arrived and disappeared before being released from the scene.

Crompton obtained an image of Carson from Bunny and then spent many days trying to locate Carson.

Several days after the accident, a Tonkawa towing driver contacted the trooper and reported that a firearm fell out of the tool box of the pickup as they were offloading it.

Crompton submitted probable cause to prosecutors and a warrant was issued on May 3 with bond endorsed at $5,000. He was booked in on May 8.

On May 14 Carson was charged with possession of a contraband by an inmate and traffic charges including driving with out a license. He is free on bond.