Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
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Garland County Sheriff’s Training Sergeant Schroeder reports that he was working DWI enforcement in the area of the Bypass on January 2, 2021, around 3AM, when he found a black Chevrolet Cruz with a bad headlight and an illegible paper tag. He turned on the blue lights in order to conduct a traffic stop.
The Cruz did not slow down or pull over. It continued Westbound to the Airport Road Exit. The suspect took the exit, got on to Airport Road and fled inbound. The vehicle went through neighborhoods, passed the backside of the golf course and wound up on Raymond Street where 3 passengers got out, and the vehicle continued to flee.
Deputy Hampton continued to chase the suspect vehicle, but soon found it abandoned in the 600 block of Raymond Street. The tag on the suspect vehicle returned to Makayla Walker, 19, of Autumn Street in Hot Springs.
During the chase, items were thrown out of the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing..about halfway through the chase.
Deputies were able to determine the name of the driver. Ms. Walker told Sergeant Kellar that she had thrown drugs and a gun out the window during the chase. Deputies later recovered the gun in a driveway on West St. Louis Street. The drugs were not located.
Ms. Walker’s pertinents were checked through the police computer. The check revealed that she had an arrest warrant charging Failure To Appear. She was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
The other 2 passengers from the suspect vehicle were released.
Ms. Walker is charged with Felony Tampering With Physical Evidence with bond set at $2,500 and the arrest warrant was served.