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Hot Springs Police Officer Vanderburg noticed a pewter colored Chevrolet Tahoe traveling in the area of Ward Street near 7th Street. He knew that a vehicle fitting this description had been entered into the police computer system as stolen. He had HSPD Dispatchers run the Tahoe’s license plate through the computer and the Tahoe came back as stolen. Officer Vanderburg maneuvered into position and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Tahoe, but the driver fled west on Ward Street.
The pursuit reached speeds of 70 Mph and went in a circle that included Garland Avenue, Panda Street, Lawson Street, Albert Pike Road, Mason Street, Lacy Street (where a beer can was allegedly tossed out the window), Wood Street, possibly other streets and finally West Grand Avenue where the vehicle pulled over and the driver surrendered.
When the vehicle stopped, Parolee Ray Johnson, 40 of South Moore Road in Hot Springs, was arrested. Parolee Johnson allegedly stated to officers that he was scared and fled because he was on parole and in possession of marijuana. He also allegedly stated that he drank the beer before throwing the can out the window.
During a search of the vehicle, a baggie containing approximately 22 grams of marijuana was allegedly located near the driver’s seat. During a search of Parolee Johnson, a pill with a dolphin imprint on it was allegedly located in his pants pocket. When asked what it was, Parolee Johnson allegedly said that the pill was “ecstasy”. A partially smoked marijuana cigar was allegedly found in the ashtray of the Tahoe. Also allegedly located on the parolee was $485 cash.
Parolee Johnson was transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with traffic violations, Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Misdemeanor Fleeing.