Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Green Reports that he was on patrol in the area of Park Avenue March 29, 2021, around 10PM, when he spotted a Jeep Grand Cherokee being operated on public streets with a defective headlight. He turned on the blue lights and the Cherokee stopped at the Shell Station in the 800 Block of Park Avenue.
Off. Green made contact with the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, Mikia Shavon Watson, 28, of Idlewood in Hot Springs. Mr.Watson identified himself and his pertinents were checked through the police computer. The check revealed that he was on parole with a valid Parole Violation Arrest Warrant that needed to be served.
Off. Green and back-up Officer First Class Caldwell were at the driver’s door and asked Parolee Watson to step out of the vehicle. The parolee asked why he should get out of the car. He was told about the parole warrant. Parolee Watson started in about how he had just seen his parole officer. Off. Green told him it might be a misunderstanding and could be cleared up in the morning if he would just exit the vehicle.
The wanted parolee started the engine of his Cherokee, rolled up the window, put the transmission in gear and drove off. The officers went after him and the vehicle pursuit began. The chase went from the 800 block of Park Avenue, through downtown to the East Grand Avenue Intersection where Arkansas State Troopers met up with the chase.
The suspect vehicle turned West onto Hobson Avenue where it came to a stop at the Marion Street Intersection. The vehicle stopped and the parolee jumped out and fled South on foot He was not captured right then, but he had given his information to the officers before fleeing.
Parolee Watson reached speeds in excess of 60 Mph, ran several red lights and drove over the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic several times during the pursuit.
Officer Green obtained an arrest warrant for Parolee Watson and entered it into the police computer.
HSPD Off. Tart was on duty downtown on April 11, 2021, around 1AM when he had occasion to bump into Parolee Watson in the 500 Block of Central Avenue. He arrested the parolee and transported him to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Parolee Watson was served the Felony Fleeing Arrest Warrant and the Felony Parole Violation Warrant with bond set at $2,500.