Mountain Home man leads officers on high-speed chase

Michael F. Strange (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Michael F. Strange (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Disabled Ford truck (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Disabled Ford truck (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) - A Mountain Home man adds fleeing by vehicle to his list of charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, investigators were searching for Michael Frederick Strange, 23. Strange was identified through surveillance video as a suspect in a Wednesday theft that occurred in the Auto Credit parking lot located on Highway 62 west of Mountain Home. A Chevrolet pick-up truck was stolen; two other vehicles are broken into and items were taken, including a compound bow.

The stolen truck was located at Strange's residence on Marquis Drive, but Strange was not.

A sheriff's sergeant was stationed outside of Strange's home Thursday morning.  The sergeant saw Strange drive by in a Ford pickup and the officer followed him.

Once the officer activated his blue lights, Strange sped up, leading the officer north on Kingsberry Drive. Other deputies were called to help intercept Strange. Strange continued driving, running two red lights on Highway 62 B and almost caused a collision. He entered Country Road 390 and began to throw clothes and other items out of the vehicle.

The chase ended with Strange driving off the roadway into the yard of a private residence. After his vehicle became disabled, Strange fled on foot into the woods and a citizen began to chase him, but stopped when Strange told the citizen he had a gun.

The Sheriff's Office along with a K9 tracking team and the Arkansas Department of Corrections located Strange and took him into custody. Drug paraphernalia was found on him.

Strange was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and has been charged with fleeing from and officer by vehicle, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, littering, theft of property (automobile), two counts of breaking and entering, and theft of property.

His bond was set to $50,000 and will appear in Circuit Court on May 15.

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