All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol became aware of a possible burglary in progress in the Highway 290/Carpenter Dam Road area yesterday afternoon and responded to it. A black Ford F-150 was the description of the suspect vehicle. Hot Springs Police were put on alert as a precaution.
Deputies arrived at the scene, but the suspect truck had already departed the scene. The deputies looked around and were in the middle of investigating when several minutes later, Hot Springs Police found the unlicensed suspect truck in the area of Spring Street. HSPD got behind the vehicle and it fled. HSPD was in a pursuit with the suspect vehicle, but ducked out when GCSO patrol units arrived and took over the pursuit. Deputies chased the vehicle outbound on Highway 70 East where unbeknownst to the fleeing parolee, Arkansas State Police Sergeant Steed was at Crossgate Church waiting for them.
A GCSO Boss requested assistance from the state police over the radio and Sgt. Steed maneuvered himself into position for the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) move to force him off the highway and planned to nail the suspect vehicle on the next straight stretch, but the suspect pulled to the left shoulder, parked, jumped out and fled for his life into the woods on foot, avoiding the forced stop.
Several officers from GCSO, ASP, Arkansas Game & Fish and the National Park Service Rangers arrived very quickly and went into the woods tracking the suspect with HSPD K-9 Team Corporal Constant and Raven. ASP Field Operations Commander Lieutenant Garner (who’s stationed in Little Rock) even arrived to assist with the evolution.
A raggedy shotgun, some dope supplies (including a glass smoking pipe) and some domestic ‘lite’ beer were located inside the suspect vehicle.
The suspect was not located during the approximate hour that I was on scene. It is still unknown to me whether he has been captured yet.
Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery took charge of the vehicle and removed it from the scene.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 1 hour.