Jerry Campbell arrested after high-speed dirt-road chase

by Jordan Green

A Blackwell man was arrested by troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit down county roads outside of Blackwell.

Jerry Wayne Campbell, 49, was driving a red Ford F-150 truck south of Blackwell at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at approximately 9:45 p.m May 20, highway patrol officials said in a news release. Troopers pursued Campbell for approximately 20 minutes before he wrecked his truck.

Campbell allegedly failed to navigate a correction line, departed the roadway to the left, hit a ditch, and then crossed back over the roadway while airborne. He then crashed into a tractor parked on the side of the road, troopers said. Campbell allegedly ran from the scene, but troopers caught him a few minutes later.

Highway patrol officials said charges are pending against Campbell.

Troopers were assisted by the Kay County Sheriff's Department, the Blackwell Police Department, and the Blackwell Fire Department.

In 2019, Campbell was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, child neglect, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to make payments to the court, which he failed to do, online court records show.

Court officials issued a bench warrant for Campbell's arrest February 27, 2020. On May 11, Judge David Bandy filed a motion to revoke Campbell's suspended sentence. Campbell appeared in court May 22 – two days after leading state troopers on the high-speed chase – and admitted that he failed to make payments to the court, online court records show.