Bond set at half million dollars for high-speed chase suspect

Shawn Williams (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)
Shawn Williams (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Department)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The man who led police on a high-speed, multi county chase through Region 8 had his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Shawn Williams not only faces multiple felonies from the sheriff's department but from the police department as well. As Region 8 News learned, this was not his first rodeo with police.

A traffic stop for improper passing quickly turns into a nearly hour-long chase.

"When I stopped him, I didn't know who he was," Investigator Willie Kimble with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department told Region 8 News.

Kimble said Williams gave him his license and after running his ID through The National Crime Information Center, he learned Williams was wanted out of Greene County.

"When I went up to the door to ask Shawn to step out of the vehicle, he proceeded to flee in his vehicle, put it in gear and took off," Kimble said.

Williams didn't stop for approximately 33. He took officers down county roads and busy highways.

Kimble said Williams drove in the wrong lane on Highway 67 and reached speeds of 100 mph on gravel roads.

"Anybody else who was on 67 or on any of the gravel roads that we met, he put their lives in danger," Kimble said.

The Sheriff's Department, Pocahontas Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Game Warden Jeff Dalton were all in hot pursuit.

It was during that time that officers learned of Williams' extensive criminal history with drugs and weapons.

Though no gun was ever found, Williams was located hiding under some brush about two and a half hours after he ditched his car.

"He was not going to surrender. He was hid," Kimble said.

A photo given to Region 8 News from the Randolph County Sheriff's Department shows the moment immediately after Williams apprehension. The Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Department of Correction all worked to get Williams out of a water canal south of Delaplaine.

As if Williams weren't facing enough charges for fleeing from police, a search warrant executed Monday night at his home in Pocahontas turned up drugs, drug paraphernalia and also landed him with a class D Felony for endangering the welfare of a minor.

The passenger in his car was released from jail and is not facing charges.

During Williams' probable cause hearing Wednesday afternoon, he told the judge he was not a flight risk.

However, after looking at his laundry list of convictions for drugs, weapons and battery and taking into account that Monday was his fifth time to flee from police, Williams bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

If he gets out on bail, Williams will have to have an ankle bracelet.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23.

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