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Officers release names in Jonesboro police pursuit

Adrian Johnson (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Adrian Johnson (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Jimmy Dewayne Tribblet (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Jimmy Dewayne Tribblet (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Police say the vehicle used during a car chase in Jonesboro was listed as a stolen vehicle in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to initial reports from arresting officers, 33-year-old Adrian Johnson, of Southaven, MS, and 24-year-old Jimmy Dewayne Tribblet, were arrested Tuesday night after a police chase through Jonesboro.

One of the officers said he originally tried to make a traffic stop on a Blue Hyundai Sonata with Nevada tags on east Matthews Ave. because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

Instead of stopping, Johnson turned the Sonata north on the Marion Berry Overpass and proceeded over the bridge, according to Officer Chris Perry. He also adds that while the Sonata was moving, he could see that the driver was throwing plastic baggies full of small items from the car.

A run of the plates indicated that the car had been stolen from a place called EZ Rent-A-Car in Las Vegas, say officers.

Officers say they were led from Matthews Ave. to Aggie Rd., from Aggie Rd. to State St., across E Johnson Ave. and back onto State St. before turning east onto Belt St.

Police say the driver stopped about 20 yards from the intersection of Belt St. and N. Caraway Road before he started fleeing on foot. Tribblet and a third passenger were taken into custody while an officer in another cruiser chased Johnson.

Police say a search inside the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggy containing numerous smoked blunts.

Tribblet had three COC Non-Payment of fine warrants out of Jonesboro. He was issued a citation for COC Non-Payment of fines. His court date is set for May 16 and is being held in lieu of $591 bond.

Johnson was issued citations for fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, reckless driving, no seatbelt, driving on a suspended license, and has a hold placed on him for theft by receiving greater than $25,000. He is expected in court May 16  and has a misdemeanor bond set at $2,100.

The third passenger, a female, was released.

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