LONE GROVE, Okla. (KXII) -- Gary Smith was driving down Cheek Road in Lone Grove when he traveled across four lanes on US Highway 70. His car then hit some gates and then crashed into a pasture.
"I heard a loud bang I didn't know what it was, I thought somebody was breaking into the shop," said George Luvin.
Luvin was in his office when he heard the crash. He says the aftermath was chaos.
"I came out to see what it was, all the police cars and ambulances," Luvin said. "They said a guy ran through Cheek Road and off into a pasture, came down here to look and see helicopters landed and picked him up."
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said Smith was flown to a Plano neuroscience hospital.
Bryant said Smith has suffered several broken bones and head trauma.
"Gary is a good friend of mine," Bryant said. "He is very knowledgeable and someone who I respect and I have personal dealings with him and firearms qualifications and training and stuff like that. He's very well respected and he's a good man."
Smith worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years. His son, Craig, is the Carter County Sheriff's Office head dispatcher.
"One thing that has been lost from this department over the past several years is that the family atmosphere and the camaraderie that we have," Bryant said. "We are truly a family, we want to make sure, I want to make sure that I bring that back and that family is very important to me."
The Smith family says Gary has a long road to recovery, and they hope the community will send their best wishes and thoughts.