Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Corporal Hunter was on patrol yesterday in the area of Spring Street when he found a Dodge Durango driving around. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that had been recently stolen out of Hot Spring County. The vehicle was on the stolen hot sheet and “laser vision Hunter” just found it.
Cpl. Hunter turned on the blue lights and hoped for the best, but the driver of the suspect vehicle allegedly did not pull to the right and stop. The Durango allegedly sped off and the chase was on. The Durango allegedly careened around the East Side of the County until it got into the Highway 270E/Elmwwod Street area where it allegedly began running down mailboxes, some kind of little shack and blew a fire hydrant leaving behind a reported spectacular fountain of wasted water (I did not see the water works; a witness told me about it later).
Many other sheriff’s deputies and Arkansas State Troopers raced to the area to assist. The Durango turned up Stanage Drive and went behind a large gym building. The Durango started to drive around the building, but did not turn. The Durango allegedly left serious skid marks just before it entered the tree line, went airborne off a 5 foot ledge, slammed into the ground and came to final rest against a tree. The 2 occupants of the vehicle (1 male and 1 female) fled into the jungle on foot.
GCSO Supervisors in charge of the situation ordered K-9 Sergeant Kellar and Aton to the scene. They arrived quickly and were promptly followed by members of the GCSO Tactical Response Team. They all set out to track and contain the suspects.
Aton tracked for about 45 minutes, then lost the scent and the search was called off. Approximately 1 hour later, GCSO 911 Dispatch took a call from a witness in the area of the K-9 track saying that he sees a female running in/near the woods in the area of Buddy Bean Lumber. His description of the female fit that of the female that jumped out of the stolen Durango. The patrol headed to that area to investigate.
Sergeant Kellar and Aton arrived quickly, found the female and arrested her. Autumn Yvonne Bennett, 18, of Fox Estates Trail in Garland County, is charged with Felony Theft By Receiving and Fleeing with a bond amount totaling $5,000.
As far as I know, they still have not located the male suspect.