A Sulphur man was taken into custody and is facing complaints of first degree manslaughter in relation to a fatality crash that occurred in June.
The Murray County Sheriff’s Office apprehended 22-year-old Chance Rylan Graves with the help of the Ponotoc County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after receiving a tip that he was on the run in Ada.
According to Murray County court documents, a warrant of arrest was issued for Graves on Oct. 23, following an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Investigation into a June 28 collision in which Ashley Sloan Westberry, 29, of Davis suffered mortal wounds, resulting in her death.
According to court documents, the vehicle Graves was driving crossed the center line of the roadway on the Chickasaw Turnpike, and struck a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, in which Westberry was a passenger— also causing injuries to the driver.
Following the OHP investigation, Graves is being accused of having engaged in the misdemeanor offenses of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. The documents also alleges that Graves was traveling at 88 mph in a 65 mph zone during the time of the collision.
Since the alleged misdemeanor offenses resulted in Westberry’s death, Graves is now facing an additional felony charge for first degree manslaughter.
First degree manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment for no less than four years. Additional misdemeanor charges could potentially add more time to a sentence, as well. Graves’s bond is set at $10,000 cash.