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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Wagner attempted to stop a black Dodge Challenger last night in the area of Central Avenue near the Hot Springs Mall.
Rather than stop for the blue lights and siren, the driver of the Challenger allegedly fled north in a reckless manner to Buena Vista Road. The chase went up Buena Vista Road and made a couple of turns. The suspect vehicle came to a controlled stop in front of a residence towards the end of the dead end street.
Once stopped, the driver of the Challenger allegedly jumped out and ran into the woods on foot. Back up deputies, Hot Springs Police and National Park Rangers were already on the way to assist.
Conditions for tracking the suspect with the K-9 dog were not optimal and the search was called off after about 30 minutes.
The suspect vehicle was towed and a hold was placed. The hold was for the driver of the car at the time of the pursuit. Not long after the Challenger was towed from the scene, the owner of the car called the sheriff’s department wanting the car. GCSO Lieutenant Ware wanted the driver of the car during the time of the pursuit. It’s unknown to me how that situation shook out.