BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT/AP) - BaxterCounty authorities say a man wanted for allegedly leading police on a chasethat ended in a crash involving the suspect's car and a police car has beenfound.
Sheriff John Montgomery says39-year-old Africa Wells of Jonesboro was found and arrested Thursday inBlytheville - nearly 180 miles east of where the crash occurred in MountainHome on Wednesday.
The chase started just before 12:30Wednesday morning when a Highland police officer noticed a 2012 Chevy MonteCarlo driving erratically. When the officer attempted to pull over thecar, the driver sped off.
The chase continued through parts ofSharp County, across Fulton County and was about to enter Baxter County whenthe sheriff's office there was notified.
Several minutes later, at 12:42 a.m.,Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said the chase ended when the suspect'scar and the Highland police officer's cars collided near the intersection ofHighway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive in Mountain Home.
The crash flipped the Highland policecruiser onto its roof. The officer was not seriously injured.
Following the crash, the suspects ranfrom the wrecked vehicle.
Baxter County deputies joined MountainHome police and Arkansas State Police in searching for the suspects. Thesheriff's office helicopter was launched and tracking dogs from the ArkansasDepartment of Correction-North Central Unit in Calico Rock were dispatched tothe scene.
At 3:47 a.m. officers found one of thesuspects, 36-year-old Billy Dewayne Furlow, Jr. of Blytheville, inside a nearbyWalmart Supercenter. Furlow was arrested and taken to the sheriff'soffice.
Sheriff Montgomery said wheninvestigators searched the suspects' car they found 10.3 grams ofmethamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana, some prescriptionpills and cash.
Furlow, who is wanted on two paroleviolations from Texas, is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center oncharges of:
- Possessionof Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – Class A Felony
- Possessionof Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Class A Misdemeanor
- Possessionof Controlled Substance (Xanax) – Class A Misdemeanor
- Fleeingfrom Police Officer (on foot) – Class A Misdemeanor