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Hot Springs Police Officer J. Smith was at Walmart on Albert Pike on February 28, 2019 around 4:30AM looking for a red 2011 Chevrolet Equinox that was allegedly involved in a felony theft at Walmart on Central Avenue.
He found the vehicle as it pulled into the Walmart Parking lot off of Albert Pike. He followed the vehicle as it pulled out onto Airport Road. Off. Smith activated his blue lights in order to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle allegedly accelerated and fled up West St. Louis Street. The vehicle allegedly ran all stop signs that it encountered as it traveled 55 Mph in a 25 Mph zone.
The vehicle went up North Patterson where Off. Smith lost sight of it. When Off. Smith arrived at the North Patterson/Albert Pike Intersection, he found that the suspect vehicle had rammed a building at the corner of Albert Pike and North Patterson and was stuck inside of it.
Off. Smith went to the scene, got out and began ordering the suspect, who he immediately recognized as Michael Allen Lynch, 27, of Ragweed Valley Road in Garland County, and began ordering him to show his hands. Rather than obey the commands, Mr. Lynch allegedly began driving forward and backwards inside the building, trying to free the vehicle and get going again. After knocking out the east wall of the structure, the suspect vehicle allegedly sped west on Albert Pike. The pursuit ran 90 Mph to the Montgomery County Line, where the pursuit was terminated and Off. Smith returned back to the city.
Damage to the building is estimated to exceed $14,000.
Mr. Lynch is charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and Felony Fleeing with a bond amount totaling $5,000.
Mr. Lynch was arrested allegedly with meth in his pocket on April 2, 2019 on Spring Street. CLICK HERE to see that story.