A Graniteville father and son duo who evaded police last week have been arrested, according to the Aiken County detention center


Ernest Lamar Simpkins, 44, of Moore O’Conner Road in Graniteville, was charged with violation of an order of protection, failure to stop for blue lights, harassment and reckless driving. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.


Jalen Simpkins, 21, also of Graniteville, was arrested Sunday and charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. He was placed in the detention center but was released on Monday.


Police responded on July 7 after Ernest Simpkins had allegedly been following his ex-wife in the York Street area.


The victim tried to drive to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office but Simpkins cut her off, police said. He then used his truck to block her and entered her vehicle. When he exited her car, she continued to the Sheriff’s Office and he fled.


Simpkins’ vehicle was later seen traveling down Jefferson Davis Highway, and police initiated a traffic stop, officials said. Simpkins stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.


Jalen Simpkins then arrived on scene and told officers he was the driver of the vehicle and that he fled on foot, police said.


“The officer involved knew Jalen Simpkins was attempting to draw the attention of perimeter officers to aid in the further escape of his father,” a press release stated. While officers were trying to arrest Jalen Simpkins, he allegedly pushed an officer to the ground and fled on foot.