OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Rep. Ernest Istook says his 33-year-old son who was arrested this week is dealing with depression and "a cycle of improper behavior."
Chad Allen Istook of Norman was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly ran a stop sign on the University of Oklahoma campus. A police affidavit says he identified himself as "Earnest Istook" and had a stolen tag on his vehicle. Chad Istook has been charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and falsely impersonating another to create liability.
Ernest Istook said in a statement Saturday that his son was not impersonating him, but used the name of his other son, Ernest James Istook III.
Ernest Istook also says he and his wife love their son and have made extensive, private efforts to help him.