POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A late-night police chase in Randolph County landed two men in the county jail early Friday morning.
A Pocahontas Police Department incident report states Officer Ashton Neece began following a vehicle near the Robil neighborhood just before 1 a.m. Friday. Officer Neece said it appeared as if the vehicle was trying to avoid him by turning onto multiple streets.
When the vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of Douglas and Tara Drive, Officer Neece caught up to the car and initiated a traffic stop.
"Once behind the vehicle on Pace Extended, the driver stopped for a split second," Neece said.
He said the driver, later identified as 42-year-old Thomas Hubert, then opened the door and put his foot on the ground.
"The driver then got back into the vehicle and spun tires on the gravel, speeding off," Officer Neece said.
Neece notified dispatch, and Randolph County Sheriff's Deputy Allen Webb and K9 officer Tasha joined the pursuit.
The chase reached speeds up to 90 miles an hour on Highway 304. Eventually, Neece was advised to let Webb take over as the lead pursuit.
The chase ended on Highway 304 in Greene County, approximately 15 miles away from where it began.
The incident report states Hubert jumped out of the car, climbed through a ditch, and started running through a field.
Webb and his K9 took off after Hubert.
Neece then approached the car and ordered the passenger, 19-year-old Brandon Alphin, to get out of the car.
Alphin was restrained and placed in the back of Neece's patrol car.
By that time, Webb had restrained Hubert. A search of Hubert turned up a bag of marijuana, six syringes, and a package of rolling papers. Inside the car, officers found another bag with a "green leafy substance" believed to be marijuana.
Hubert was served with a warrant out of Walnut Ridge and charged with fleeing by vehicle, fleeing by foot, and numerous traffic violations. Citations for drug charges are pending, according to the report.
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