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Arkansas State Trooper 1st Class Margis was on patrol in the area of Atchley’s Outpost on Highway 7 South of Hot Springs yesterday afternoon. Dispatch had put out that a stolen vehicle was being followed by it’s owner and they were heading straight for this high speed trooper.
The trooper found the pair of vehicles and the trooper relieved the owner, by turning on the blue lights and moving into position. The driver of the stolen vehicle allegedly refused to stop and the chase was on.
Other ASP K Troopers were already en route to assist as well as several Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies. The driver of the stolen vehicle turned onto Highway 290 where he was met by all of the other badges on duty at the time. He allegedly lead the parade to a very nice house with a big beautiful pasture near Jack Mountain Road. The suspect allegedly turned into the pasture and raced past the farmer that was working a tractor in the field.
TFC Margis and Everyone’s Favorite Corporal, GCSO Cpl. Hunter chased the suspect vehicle up to a small pond where both pursuit vehicles became stuck in the mud. Which is ok because the suspect jumped out and ran on foot. The 2 crime fighters and their associates were able to catch the 3 occupants of the stolen vehicle.
TFC Margis was driving a 2 wheel drive Dodge Charger Trooper car during the chase. So, we all understand how he could get stopped by mud. But, Cpl. Hunter’s truck is allegedly a 4×4. So, we don’t know WHAT’s going on there with that. Maybe I’ll interview the good corporal or something…..get a statement, you know. He loves being on camera! (No – He hates the camera! lol).
CARTER,JOHN PAUL SR, 39 of Hot Springs with “City Streets” listed as his home address, was arrested at the scene and charged with THEFT BY RECEIVING, FLEEING IN VEHICLE, RECKLESS DRIVING, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1ST DEGREE. His bond amount totals $6,000, but he’s not going anywhere just yet because the U.S. Marshals have placed a hold on him. He departed the scene in a LifeNet Ambulance. He claimed that he was having a heart attack or some other malaise. So, ASP Sergeant Joe sent him to the hospital before booking him at the Garland County Detention Center.
Another white male adult was arrested at the scene for at least 1 outstanding warrant.
A white female was detained at the scene during the initial investigation phase of this case, but was released promptly from the scene after a short period.
Combs & Burks was called to the scene to take charge of the recovered stolen vehicle, but the owner or his designee arrived first. The troopers gave the car to the owner at the scene. The tow truck was used to reclaim the trooper car from the mud. It looked like the farmer may have assisted with that effort.