JONESBORO,AR (KAIT) – Police say the vehicle used during a car chase in Jonesboro waslisted as a stolen vehicle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Accordingto initial reports from arresting officers, 33-year-old Adrian Johnson, ofSouthaven, MS, and 24-year-old Jimmy Dewayne Tribblet, were arrested Tuesdaynight after a police chase through Jonesboro.
Oneof the officers said he originally tried to make a traffic stop on a BlueHyundai Sonata with Nevada tags on east Matthews Ave. because the driver wasnot wearing a seatbelt.
Insteadof stopping, Johnson turned the Sonata north on the Marion Berry Overpass andproceeded over the bridge, according to Officer Chris Perry. He also adds thatwhile the Sonata was moving, he could see that the driver was throwing plasticbaggies full of small items from the car.
Arun of the plates indicated that the car had been stolen from a place called EZRent-A-Car in Las Vegas, say officers.
Officerssay 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.
Policesay the driver stopped about 20 yards from the intersection of Belt St. and N. CarawayRoad before he started fleeing on foot. Tribblet and a third passenger were takeninto custody while an officer in another cruiser chased Johnson.
Policesay a search inside the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggy containingnumerous smoked blunts.
Tribblethad three COC Non-Payment of fine warrants out of Jonesboro. He was issued acitation for COC Non-Payment of fines. His court date is set for May 16 and isbeing held in lieu of $591 bond.
Johnsonwas issued citations for fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, recklessdriving, no seatbelt, driving on a suspended license, and has a hold placed onhim 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.