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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Tatum was on patrol in the area of Valley Street last night around 10PM when he found a silver Lexus that he planned on stopping. He followed the Lexus to Shady Grove Road and turned on the blue lights. The Lexus allegedly fled at an extremely high rate of speed.
The chase went down Shady Grove Road until Dep. Tatum lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Country Club Drive. The pursuit was terminated because there was nothing left to chase. Other officers (Arkansas State Troopers, Garland County Sheriff’s Deputies and Hot Springs Police Officers) that were en route to assist were told to slow down. They slowed the response. Some kept heading that way to see if they could swarm the area and maybe find the suspect or his/her vehicle.
HSPD Sergeant K. Zaner was en route to assist. He suddenly came upon the crashed silver Lexus on Golf Links Road at the nursing home. He told everybody on the radio that he was out with the crashed suspect vehicle. Everybody went over there to assist that him.
Witnesses at the scene told officers that the 2 alleged occupants of the vehicle (1 male/1 female) allegedly jumped and ran from the vehicle after the crash. GCSO K-9 Team Sgt. Kellar and “Aton” arrived very quickly and deployed into the woods where the suspects were last seen. After about an hour in the woods, the search was called off with no arrest being made.
HSPD Officer Ward found a large amount of meth “ice” and a small amount of marijuana with the vehicle.
The dope was confiscated, the car was towed, the suspects were not located and the disposition of any possible charges is unknown to me.