On Monday, June 5, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma suspended attorney Kenyatta Ray Bethea after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that hurt several people.

The case is entitled “State of Oklahoma ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Association v. Kenyatta Ray Bethea” with case no. 7443.

In a notice of judgment and sentence, it was stated that based on the Probable Cause Affidavit, on January 5, 2021, in Oklahoma City, the Respondent was arrested for leaving the scene of an injury accident where multiple individuals were harmed. Among the injured were two children who were passengers in a vehicle that was struck by the Respondent’s vehicle after crossing the center line, resulting in a collision with two other vehicles. Following the collision, the Respondent abandoned his vehicle, fled on foot, and disregarded police orders to stop. Eventually, the Respondent was apprehended after being forcefully taken down by officers. The entire incident, including the flight and subsequent arrest, was captured on a body camera worn by one of the officers. The police brought the Respondent back to the accident scene, where he was identified as the driver responsible for the collision and subsequent evasion.

The notice of judgment states:

“The police responded quickly to the scene and located the Respondent as he fled on foot. The Respondent did not respond when the police officer ordered him to stop. The respondent was eventually apprehended when he was forcibly taken to the ground and arrested. The flight and apprehension of Respondent were captured on an officer’s body camera. The respondent was returned to the scene by the police, and he was identified as the driver who caused the collision and then fled.”

In lieu of the court’s order to show cause along with the response of the respondent filed on April 20, 2023, the court decided to suspend the respondent from the practice of law.

The Disposition states:

“Having received certified copies of the judgment and sentence on a plea of guilty and having determined that good cause has not been shown for preventing entry of an Order of Immediate Interim Suspension, this Court hereby orders that Kenyatta Ray Bethea is immediately suspended from the practice of law.”

Ms. Bethea is listed as a member at Holloway, Bethea & Osenbaugh, PLLC. He attended Oklahoma University, graduating in 2000. He practices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is licensed in Oklahoma. His info can be found on martindale.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.