At this rate, James Conn Nipp is going to have his dance card filled with court dates.
Nipp was charged with felony endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude a police officer and felony assault with a deadly weapon in Love County District Court Tuesday. Nipp was taken into custody Monday evening following a pursuit in which one Oklahoma Highway Patrol cruiser was totaled.
Bond was set at $25,000 for each of the charges. As of Tuesday afternoon, Nipp had not bonded out of Love County Jail.
The 22-year-old Overbrook resident was already scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. today in Carter County District Court on a motion to accelerate on a previous drug charge. Nipp has also been charged with felony endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officer, which has drawn the most attention from the public. The charge is connected to the July disappearance of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes. A preliminary conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in Carter County.
Nipp was out on bond for both the drug and eluding charges when he was arrested at his residence Monday following a pursuit involving the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F.
Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander Troop F, said the blue pickup Nipp was driving was found in a pasture by his home. The keys were left in the pickup truck, and a door was open. Troopers knocked on the door and were allowed entry by Nipp's family. Nipp was found lying in bed and was taken into custody without incident.
"There was no sign of impairment, and he was cooperative," Hampton said.
The pursuit began at 10:45 p.m. on Oswalt Road in northern Love County. A blue pickup failed to stop and was sighted by a trooper, who attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The pickup accelerated to speeds of 90 mph traveling east on Oswalt Road. Hampton said the pickup drove into a driveway of a business near the intersection of Eastman and Oswalt, executed a U-turn and began traveling west at speeds of 80 to 90 mph.
The trooper twice attempted to perform a tactical vehicle intervention and force the pickup to spin out. Both times, the pickup swerved into the highway patrol vehicle. A third time proved successful, as the pickup was forced into a ditch and pinned, at which point the driver was identified as James Conn Nipp. Nipp accelerated out of the ditch, headed west and then south on Long Hollow Road, at which point another trooper joined pursuit.
The road changed from asphalt to gravel, and the trooper lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. He was uninjured, but the vehicle was totaled.
Hampton said the pursuit continued west into pastures and through several gates. The pursuit ended because the trooper could not traverse the terrain in the cruiser. After checking on the accident scene, the trooper located the vehicle abandoned in the pasture and moments later took Nipp into custody.