Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
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Hot Springs Police Sergeant L. Zaner reports that she was on patrol in the area of Silver Street near Cypress Street when she found a black Nissan car pass by at an extremely high rate of speed.
The vehicle turned onto Crescent Street and accelerated so fast that it nearly hit a vehicle head-on at Portland Street. Sgt. Zaner attempted to conduct a traffic stop on John Street, but the vehicle hesitated, then sped off at approximately 50 Mph. The suspect vehicle ran stop signs and drove left of center randomly back to Crescent Street where it reached speeds of 80+ Mph.
The suspect lost control of the Nissan on Crescent Street, exited the right side of the pavement, continued a short distance and then struck a utility pole at the Cypressvale Street/Chattanooga Street Intersection. The force of the collision snapped the wooden utility pole in 2 pieces. The suspect vehicle came to final rest at the pole.
2 suspects fled from the wreckage on foot. They ran into a wooded area across the street. Several HSPD back-up officers arrived quickly, set a perimeter around the immediate area and began looking for the suspects. Both suspects were located laying in the woods. The driver, James Isiah Johnson, 28, of Lafayette Street in Hot Springs, and James Edward Hill, adult, of parts unknown, were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Both suspects admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking medical marijuana causing them to make poor decisions.
Mr. Johnson is charged with Felony Fleeing and Fleeing On Foot with a bond amount totaling $3,000.
Mr. Hill is charged with Fleeing On Foot with a bond of $500.