Suspect In Deadly Hit-And-Run At Moore High School Has Lengthy Criminal Past


Tuesday, February 4th 2020, 4:24 am
By: Ashley Holden


One Moore High School senior is dead and five others are hurt after a truck drove into a group of students at cross country practice.

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Police say the driver responsible, 57-year-old Max Townsend, is in custody and now the Cleveland County Jail. Townsend is facing six complaints of leaving the scene of an injury accident and one count of manslaughter in the first degree.

Moore Police said Monday, Feb. 3 they found the suspect and this red pick-up just five blocks away from the scene. Aerial footage showed officers taking Townsend through a sobriety check.

Later News 9 crews saw Townsend being led away in handcuffs from a hospital in Moore. Officers said he was getting blood drawn.

Court records show this is not Townsend's first run in with the law.

In the past two decades he's been charged with drug possession, child abuse, multiple DUI's and leaving the scene of an accident in counties all across Oklahoma. Some of the charges were dismissed, but Townsend plead guilty for leaving the scene of an accident, multiple drug charges and at least two DUI's.

Police said Townsend also had a personal connection to a deadly hit and run. Officers said the 57-year-old is the father of the victim, identified as 29-year-old Cody Townsend, in a deadly hit and run in Moore. It happened Sunday, Feb. 2 near Buck Thomas Park.

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Officers said they are trying to figure out what led up to Monday's deadly crash. They said they'll be taking a look at surveillance footage from both Moore Public Schools and homes in the area.