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Hot Springs Police Officer Nuñez was on patrol in the area of 7th Street when he noticed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle that was reported stolen from a 2nd Street address only minutes prior.
Off. Nuñez maneuvered himself behind the stolen vehicle. The vehicle allegedly sped off down Helen Street. Off. Nuñez activated his lights and siren attempting to stop the fleeing vehicle. The police report states that the stolen vehicle ran several stop signs, nearly collided with another vehicle and almost lost control before speeding off at more than 60 miles per hour down Summer Street. Off. Nuñez did not run the stop signs and so, the suspect vehicle was able to pull away from the officer.
Off. Nuñez located the stolen suspect vehicle parked in a yard and unoccupied at the 1300 Block of Summer Street. HSPD K-9 Team Corporal Jones and Keena arrived quickly and began a track of the suspect.
Officer Branstetter also arrived to assist. On Wheatley Street, Off. Branstetter saw the suspect, later identified as Joseph Brown, 29 of Hot Springs, running through back yards. After a short foot chase, suspect Joseph Brown was arrested. Off. Nuñez confirmed that this was the suspect he observed fleeing in the stolen truck.
The stolen 2002 Dodge Ram truck is valued at $7,000 and it contained approximately $3,000 worth of tools.
Mr. Brown was arrested, transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Felony Fleeing and Felony Theft By Receiving.