NORMAN — A convicted sex offender who fled police and caused a four-car collision also may be a con artist.
Jimmy Dale Hinson attempted to elude police Monday, but he’s been eluding Etti Biton for weeks. Biton said she hired Hinson through his business, Sooner Repair and Renovations, but Hinson took her money then left her high and dry.
Attempts to locate Hinson failed, and Biton took her story to New Channel 4’s In Your Corner. The story aired Dec. 29. During her search, she was shocked to learn Hinson is a convicted sex offender.
Hinson, 37, is now facing new felony charges. On Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office filed five counts against Hinson: causing great bodily injury while eluding/attempting to elude a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, driving under suspension, failure to comply with compulsory insurance law, and obstructing an officer.
The driver of a Ford Mustang, 22-year-old Austin Shaw, remains in critical condition at OU Medical Center after Hinson ran a red light and broadsided Shaw’s Mustang at Rock Creek Road and Porter Avenue, according to witnesses.
• Attempting to elude: At 9 a.m. on Monday, Norman police attempted to stop Hinson near Main Street and Berry Road after the officer saw him run a stop sign and a stop light. Driving a Ford F-150, Hinson drove away during the attempted traffic stop, heading north on Berry Road past Robinson Street with the officer in pursuit, according to Public Safety Information Officer Sarah Jensen. Hinson drove over a median onto Flood Avenue then turned onto Lexington Avenue and continued northbound on Industrial Boulevard before heading eastbound on Rock Creek Road.
When Hinson failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Rock Creek Road and Porter Avenue, he broadsided Shaw’s Mustang as Shaw was traveling southbound on Porter Avenue. The collision pushed the Mustang into a Toyota Tacoma that was also traveling southbound and then into a Honda Civic stopped to turn westbound onto Rock Creek Road.
After the collision, Hinson got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene, but was caught and Tasered after a short foot pursuit by officers, according to Jensen.
Hinson suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being transported to the Cleveland County Detention Center. He had two outstanding warrants for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to pay child support.
He also was booked on multiple complaints in relation to evading police and causing a collision.
The driver of the Toyota Tacoma has been identified as 53-year-old Brent Anderson. Anderson was transported by EMSSTAT to a local hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The vehicle’s passenger, Revelyn Anderson, 54, also was transported by EMSSTAT to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released, Jensen said.
The driver of the Honda Civic has been identified as 26-year-old Crystal Sheehy. Sheehy was transported by EMSSTAT to OU Children’s Hospital for precautionary purposes due to her pregnancy, according to Jensen.
The intersection of Rock Creek Road and Porter Avenue was closed for approximately five hours while the scene was investigated. The collision remains under investigation by the NPD/OUPD Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team.
• Failure to register as a sex offender: Hinson was convicted of lewd or indecent proposals/acts to a child on Feb. 21, 2002 in Waco, Texas. Texas court records indicate the victim was a 13-year-old girl. Despite Hinson’s legal assessment as “low risk,” he is required to register as a sex offender for life.
A 1999 traffic stop in LeFlore County, prior to that conviction shows Hinson with an address in Shady Point, Oklahoma.
Records indicate Hinson first registered as a sex offender in 2007, indicating he likely spent five years in a Texas correctional facility.
Later records indicate Hinson returned to Shady Point. On Nov. 1, 2011, Hinson was charged with another felony for domestic assault and battery by strangulation but that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor on Oct. 8, 2012, and Hinson received a one-year suspended sentence.
While that charge was working its way through the LeFlore County court system, Hinson was also charged with a felony in February 2012 for failure to register as a sex offender.
On Nov. 4, 2016, a bench warrant was issued for Hinson’s arrest in Sequoyah County for failure to register as a sex offender. His address at that time was listed as Muldrow, Oklahoma.
• Sooner Repair and Renovations: Biton moved to Oklahoma City recently and bought a house through the sheriff’s auction. To save money, she decided to be her own contractor and placed ads on Craig’s List and Facebook. Hinson and a woman he identified as his wife Christina (Peterson) Hinson were among several who looked at the house and gave bids.
“They were the cheapest labor I could find,” she said. “I had doubts because everyone else was telling me $30,000.”
Hinson said he would do the labor for $8,620, and she would have to purchase materials. Hinson did only a half day of work before disappearing, she said.
Biton said communications by phone brought promises but no action.
Biton tried to put a lien on Hinson’s Ford F-150 but learned it was registered in Christina’s ex-husband’s name. Now, the truck is damaged, and Biton said she suspects she will never see a dime of the money Hinson owes her.