BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – A Blytheville man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of stealing copper from local buildings, according to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.
According to Lt. Gary Buys, David Wayne Edwards, of Blytheville, led officers on a high speed chase from the community of Lonoke into the Blytheville city limits at 6:30 Monday morning. Buys said officers chased Edwards, who reached speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour down city streets. Edwards was caught after he ditched the car. A second person in the vehicle was able to get away.
Buys said it all started after an anonymous phone call about three people burning off copper at Lonoke. Buys said the responding officer spotted three people. Two people got into a silver car and sped off. The officer decided to chase the vehicle, letting the other person escape.
Buys said the responding officer chased the suspects, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour through the county before entering Blytheville. Buys said Edwards was driving the vehicle.
After the chase, officers found nearly 500 pounds of copper wiring. Sheriff Dale Cook said it appears some of the copper had been taken from old, abandoned buildings in Blytheville.
If you know anything about this case, you are urged to call the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office at 870-762-2243.