Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Arkansas State Police Corporal Ault reports that he was on patrol at Highway 70 West near Wacaster Hill on August 20, 2021, around 8AM, when he radar’d an Eastbound blue 2014 GMC Sierra pick-up truck that was running 86 Mph in a 45 Mph zone and through the traffic control red light (signaling him to stop) at the Marion Anderson Road Intersection.
Cpl. Ault turned on the Sierra and planned to conduct a traffic stop on it. The truck continued East and Cpl. Ault turned on the blue lights. The Sierra was driving in an erratic fashion and was weaving in and out of traffic at high speed. The suspect slowed down for the Adcock Road Intersection, but his traffic control light was red and he went through that one too.
Cpl. Ault pulled up next to the driver side of the suspect vehicle and rolled his window down. He motioned and yelled for the driver to pull over and stop. The driver was flailing his arms and was yelling out the window, cussing the trooper. The suspect swerved onto a side street and stopped abruptly in a parking lot.
The driver flung the door open and ran away from the traffic stop. Cpl. Ault ran after him. The suspect ran to the passenger side of the passenger vehicle and aggressively opened the passenger door. He reached into the vehicle and Cpl. Ault lit him up with the tazer gun. The report describes how the trooper could not see the suspect’s hands and believed that he was reaching for a weapon when he attempted to get into the passenger side of the vehicle. He zapped him in an attempt to keep him from entering the truck.
The tazer effort was effective. The suspect, Johnathan M. Maestas, 50, of Sunshine Road in Royal, was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Maestas is charged with Reckless Driving, Speeding (Over 15 Mph) and Resisting Arrest. Bond information, if any, is unknown.