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UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Parolee Caleb Michael Brian, 35, of Grand Ridge Terrace in Garland County. He is Charged with DWI, Reckless Driving, Driving While DL Is Suspended, Refusal To Submit To Chemical Test and Fleeing On Foot with a bond amount totaling $3,000 and a parole hold has been placed on him.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Helms, Piney Fire & Rescue Troops and a LifeNet Ambulance Crew were dispatched to the Intersection of Treasure Isle Road and Crystal Hill Road Monday Night in reference to a man passed out either in the ditch or in a minivan.
Piney Fire Chief Scott Miser arrived quickly and made contact with the man inside the van. When the suspect realized that the sheriff’s patrol was on scene, he allegedly drove off. Deputy Helms caught up with the minivan and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on it. The driver refused to stop and continued to Highway 270 and on towards Hot Springs.
GCSO Sergeant Kellar was in Buckville at the time and listening to the radio traffic. He directed several of his deputies to assist with the pursuit and had his dispatchers alert the other law enforcement agencies in Garland County. Hot Springs Police and Arkansas State Troopers all headed that way to assist as well.
Off duty GCSO Patrol Captain Dodd and off duty Patrol Lieutenant Ware also quickly joined the pursuit. When the pursuit entered the Bypass from Albert Pike Road, only Deputy Helms was involved. By the time the pursuit exited south on Higdon Ferry, at least 3 GCSO and 5 HSPD units had joined in with Sgt. Kellar not far behind. They were all headed towards the Highway 7 South bridges where ASP Trooper Wingo was approaching from the south.
There was talk of a spike strip, but that’s all I know about that. Once the pursuit crossed the lake, HSPD returned to the city – enough GCSO/Trooper cars were involved to handle the situation.
The pursuit crossed the bridges and passed Amity Road at approximately 50 Mph. Trp. Wingo got ahead of the pack in the area of the bridges. As soon as the parade was in front of Harp’s Grocery Store, the suspect slowed to almost a stop and attempted a u-turn on the highway. The trooper car made contact with the suspect vehicle, it did the u-turn and continued to flee northbound.
When the suspect made it back to the Baymont Hotel, Trp. Wingo served the suspect with the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) Maneuver. The PIT was successful and brought the suspect to a stop on the grassy roadside across the street from the Baymont Hotel.
Deputies busted out a window or 2 on the suspect vehicle and gently removed the suspect from the vehicle. They explained to him that he should have pulled over when he saw blue lights, sirens and experienced the trooper car collide with the vehicle he was driving. The suspect, a parolee, was arrested and placed into a deputy’s car.
A LifeNet Ambulance Crew responded to the scene after the suspect allegedly complained of some pain he was reportedly feeling. The suspect was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
The suspect’s name was not released to the public before this story was published. I will follow up with the name tomorrow and post it on the Arkansas 911 News Facebook Page.
The vehicle was towed.
Traffic flow was interrupted all along the parade route and at the scene for approximately an hour.
No law enforcement officers or other people were injured during this event.