CHERRY VALLEY, AR (KAIT) - Cross County sheriff's deputies arrested a man after they say he nearly slammed into the rear of one of their cruisers, then tried to pull a gun on a deputy.
Saturday night, while patrolling Highway 1 just outside the Cherry Valley city limits, Deputy Brock Hathcock reported a gray Ford Ranger came up behind him at a "high rate of speed" and nearly struck his cruiser.
Hathcock turned on his lights and siren and attempted to stop the truck, which was traveling at 90 miles per hour. After following the vehicle for nearly two miles, the driver finally stopped.
The deputy exited his patrol truck and told the driver to open his door and place his hands outside the window.
With his weapon drawn, Hathcock walked up to the truck and recognized the driver as 70-year-old Ammon Belcher of Cherry Valley.
Knowing that Belcher had been previously accused of pulling a pistol on people, Hathcock told the man to put his hands on the steering wheel.
That's when the deputy saw the truck's center console was slightly ajar.
"Belcher suddenly moved both arms and fell toward the center of the truck," Hathcock reported. "I immediately moved toward the inside of the truck and pulled Belcher from the inside of the truck."
The deputy attempted to cuff Belcher, but the suspect "began to move around."
During the struggle, Belcher reportedly said the deputy was trying to rob him.
After getting Belcher handcuffed, more officers arrived on the scene. When one began to pat him down, Belcher reportedly kicked the officer in the back.
While the other officers checked on Belcher, Hathcock searched the pickup truck. Inside the center console he reported finding a .22 caliber pistol.
An ambulance took Belcher to Cross Ridge Hospital for treatment of small scrapes on his head. He was later taken to the Cross County Jail and booked on charges of aggravated assault, fleeing, resisting arrest, and careless and prohibited driving.
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