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Jonesboro man faces several charges after fleeing from officer

Tommy Eugene Hunter (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Tommy Eugene Hunter (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro man faces several charges after fleeing from a police officer.

On July 7, an officer pulled over a red pickup truck traveling with no headlights on at the intersection of Main Street and Word Street.

The incident report states the driver, 41-year-old Tommy Hunter, ignored the officer’s lights and began to drive away.

Shortly after, Hunter exited the truck while it was in motion and fled on foot heading towards the 400 block of 4th Street, according to the incident report.

Officer Justin Thompson said he lost sight of Hunter as he ran towards a residence in the area.

Other officers responded to the scene and began to search for Hunter.

A neighbor in the area told police they saw a white man run into the back door of a nearby residence.

Thompson, along with two others attempted to make contact with the residents inside the home, but no one answered the door.

According to the incident report, Thompson searched the vehicle Hunter was driving and found a Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone and a small purple cloth bag on the driver’s side floorboard.

Thompson said the purple bag contained a crystal-like substance resembling crystal meth.

As Thompson was leaving the scene, he said a black male told him Hunter was in the trailer and threatened to beat him up if he answered the door.

Hunter was arrested, taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and cited for careless driving and prohibited driving, no seat belt, no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, and fleeing.

Hunter also faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and had a warrant for absconding. 

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