Teen found asleep on highway after high speed police chase

Teen found asleep on highway after high speed police chase
Brandon Crossno (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould man is behind bars on a slew of charges after police found him asleep in the middle of a highway early Tuesday morning.

According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, it all started just before midnight Monday.

In an incident report, officers stated they noticed a maroon SUV driving at a high rate of speed on North 10th Avenue in Paragould.

An attempt to pull the vehicle over resulted in a high-speed chase that led officers through the city and into the county.

The SUV ran multiple stop signs in city limits and was, at times, going more than 60 mph.  Once outside city limits, the police report states the vehicle accelerated to 70 and 80 miles per hour at different times of the pursuit. The driver also continued to run multiple stop signs and drive recklessly.

Officers reported that at one point the driver, later identified as 18-year-old Brandon Austin Crossno, "drove into a pasture just west of the (Hartsoe) Cemetery and continued north until cutting through a residential yard and back onto AR State Hwy 34."

The vehicle pursuit ended near Main Street in Lafe when the vehicle's engine blew. The SUV ran off the side of the road and then the driver took off running.

Crossno's passengers, Jezika Wilson, Stephanie Wheat and a 17-year-old juvenile stayed at the scene. The juvenile identified Crossno as the driver. Police also found Crossno's driver's license in the car.

Once officers secured the vehicle and the passengers, they found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be a small amount of methamphetamine and residue.

Wilson, Wheat and the juvenile were taken to the Greene County Detention Center.

Efforts to locate Crossno, however, came up empty until a few hours later. According to police, a call came into the Greene County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 4:30 Tuesday morning about a white male, fitting the description of Crossno, lying in the middle of the highway at Hooker.

Two deputies arrived 10 minutes later to find Crossno lying in the middle of Highway 141 where it intersects with Highway 135. "We approached Crossno who appeared to be sleeping," Deputy Rockie Weber stated in the incident report.

After waking Crossno, deputies arrested him and transported him to the Greene County Detention Center.

Crossno faces felony counts of fleeing and possession of methamphetamine. He also faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a minor along with multiple misdemeanor traffic violations.

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