Paragould man facing 10 charges after speeding past officer

Paragould man facing 10 charges after speeding past officer
(Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
(Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A man who led police on a high speed chase and reportedly made an inappropriate gesture at them was arrested early Monday morning.

An incident report with the Greene County Sheriff's Department states a deputy was stopped at a red light on the intersection of Highway 412 and 7th St. when a white Chevy extended cab truck also traveling east passed the officer "at a high rate of speed," almost crashing into the officer's vehicle.

Deputy Hunter White states that just before midnight Sunday the truck failed to stop and the chase began.

White says in the report that the suspect later identified as Luke Bishop, 31, of Paragould continued to run red lights on 412 and reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Bishop was also driving in and out of oncoming traffic, according to the officer.

At the intersection of Highway 412 and 139 the suspect turned north on 139 "and traveled in the oncoming traffic lane."

Bishop reportedly put his left arm out the window and made an obscene hand gesture to the officers and also threw several items out the window including a pair of blue jeans, all while continuing at a high rate of speed.

The chase came to an end after White states Bishop lost control of the truck on a curve at the Highway 139 and 839 intersection. The truck went off the road and traveled about "40 yards through a field before the vehicle rolled over coming to rest upright."

Bishop got out of the truck on the passenger side and was arrested. He was then taken to the Greene County Detention Center.

Bishop is facing a total of 10 charges including 2 felonies, fleeing and aggravated assault.

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