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Hicks attempts to impersonate brother to avoid arrest

Olen James Hicks

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - A Roland man was arrested June 6 and charged with falsely impersonating another to create liability, a felony.

Olen James Hicks, 48, faces up to a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison if he is found guilty of the felony count.

He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.

On June 6, a Roland police officer was traveling west on Dorcus Street, at or about Grant Street in the Roland city limits. While watching traffic, he spotted a Dodge Grand Caravan with its front windshield cracked from the driver’s side to the passenger side, blocking the driver’s view.

The officer made contact with the driver, who said he did not have his license with him and that he had left it at home. When asked for his name and date of birth, the man said he was Jeromie Hicks, with a date of birth of June 6, 1979.

After running Hicks’ ID through dispatch, the officer realized that the person sitting in his patrol car, Olen Hicks, was not the person shown on the driver’s license.

Numerous attempts were made to get the driver to identify himself. When asked if he had any siblings, Hicks said he had a brother, Olen Hicks, who lives in Fort Smith. A photo of Olen Hicks was positively identified as the driver.

Police learned that Olen Hicks had a suspended Oklahoma driver’s license and had felony warrants out of Sebastian County in Arkansas.

Olen Hicks said he was sorry and that Jeromie Hicks was his brother. Olen Hicks was then transported to the Sequoyah County jail.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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