ARDMORE — A man with previous felony convictions was arrested Wednesday morning after the Oklahoma Highway Patrol finished its criminal investigation into a July fatality accident.
Charles Keith Jackson, 56, of Fox, was arrested by Carter County sheriff’s deputies on a manslaughter warrant. Jackson was convicted of two manslaughter charges in 2000 in Oklahoma County, according to state Corrections Department records.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper’s initial report, Jackson was driving a car north on State Highway 76 about 5:30 p.m. July 17, about a mile south of Ratliff City. Jackson’s car veered onto the shoulder of the road and hit Carol Coker, 54, of Ratliff City, who was walking along the road. Coker died at the scene.
Jackson attempted to flee from the accident but was stopped by people at the scene. During the investigation, officials determined Jackson was driving under the influence of prescription medication and was impaired, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said.
“We appreciate the Coker family’s patience as we investigated this tragic death. Cases involving drug- impaired drivers require extensive investigative work,” Hampton said.
This is not the first time Jackson has been accused of driving while impaired.
Jackson told Warr Acres police in 1999 that he drank a six-pack of beer and consumed Valium and a diet pill before causing a collision that killed two people in Warr Acres, according to court records.
Jackson was incarcerated from April 2000 to April 2004, state Corrections Department records show.
Jackson was released Wednesday afternoon on bail, a Carter County jail official said.