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Arkansas State Police Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black super sport motorcycle on Highway 70 East near the Rest Area Tuesday Night.
Rather than stop for the trooper, the motorcycle rider allegedly sped off and led troopers on a 98 Mph chase towards Magic Springs. Troopers, Hot Springs Police Officers, National Park Rangers and the Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol all quickly converged on the area.
The chase wound up in the 2700 Block of Spring Street where the motorcycle rider lost control and crashed immediately after turning into a dirt driveway. The crash opened up the case of the motorcycle’s engine effectively disabling the bike. The rider fled from the crash scene on foot and entered the woods behind a house on the hill.
HSPD K-9 Team Keena/Corporal Jones arrived quickly and picked up the track of the suspect. The suspect’s scent trail led officers to the area of Ridgeway Boulevard and Guy Street. Along the way, K-9 dog Keena met up with a skunk and was squirted with skunk funk. She was certainly stinky after the stank assault, but she was not injured. The tracking operation was called off not long after the skunk encounter.
Allegedly found with the motorcycle was a bag containing a substantial amount of meth, cash and a dope scale.
The suspected parolee suspect was not captured. I was not able to confirm the identity of the suspect before publishing. UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Parolee Mark Joseph Geurin, 30 of Hot Springs.
In the middle of this manhunt, a second manhunt kicked off in the area of again, Highway 70 East near the Rest Area when a trooper allegedly saw wanted Parole Absconder Joshua Fite. Parolee Fite was reported to have run into the woods. Arkansas Department of Correction sent the prison dogs from Malvern, but after a few hours, were unable to locate him.
If you have information that could help law enforcement to find Parolee Absconder Joshua Fite, please call Arkansas Communtiy Correction/Special Response Team Agent Brandon Emerson at 501 520 9208.