Man leads police on chase in stolen vehicle

Man leads police on chase in stolen vehicle
Cassandra Ward (Independence County Jail via Vinelink)
Cassandra Ward (Independence County Jail via Vinelink)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Independence County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested two people Thursday after a chase that ended with a crash and drug discovery.

According to an incident report from the sheriff's department, Deputy Aaron Moody was patrolling the area of East Main Street and White Drive when he saw a vehicle that he thought belonged to a wanted man.

The deputy tried to pull the car over but the driver sped off on East Main Street toward Highway 167.

He nearly hit another vehicle while speeding off, according to the report.

When the car got on Highway 167 he began driving nearly 85 miles per hour.

Deputy Moody asked dispatch to run the name of the man he thought was driving to figure out why he was fleeing.

Dispatch then told him that the man in question had contacted dispatch earlier to report his car stolen.

While on the highway, the driver "used harsh braking as if an attempt for me to collide with his vehicle," the deputy reported.

Eventually, the vehicle turned into a field and hit a ditch.

After struggling to get the driver out of the car, the deputy placed him under arrest.

The man was identified as Mark Williams, 43, of Pleasant Plains.

He had a parole violation warrant along with three other warrants out of Independence, White and Lonoke Counties.

When asked about the vehicle, Williams told police it was his friend Brandon's car.

Cassandra Ward, 34, of Bald Knob was a passenger in the vehicle.

She did not have any warrants out for her, but drugs were found in her purse during a vehicle inventory.

According to the report, police found a baggy containing meth, two baggies containing marijuana, and a small bag containing 12 pills.

Those pills were later identified as hydrocodone and some antidepressants.

There was also $1,500 in cash found in the purse.

Police placed Ward on a narcotic probable cause hold.

Williams was placed on a probable cause hold for felony fleeing, theft of an automobile and aggravated assault.

They were taken to the Independence County Jail.

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