JPD: fleeing suspect jumped curb, drove through fence at JHS

JPD: fleeing suspect jumped curb, drove through fence at JHS
Brent L. Rogers (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man who allegedly tried to run from police jumped a curb and drove through a fence at Jonesboro High School in an effort to get away.

An officer driving down Union Street noticed a red Ford Ranger, which was traveling in the same direction, with a dirty license plate and no license plate illumination.

The officer attempted to stop the car, which then turned into the Abilities Unlimited parking lot.

"As I approached the vehicle it sped off," a probable cause affidavit states.

The officer said the vehicle then went down Madison Street at "a high rate of speed", running all the stop signs.

Police say the driver, later identified as Brent Lee Rogers, 44, of Jonesboro, then drove into the back parking lot of Jonesboro High School.

"Once the driver realized that there was no way to exit the parking lot the vehicle went over the curb and through the grass and then drove through the fence that runs along College Street.

Rogers then drove west on College Street until he lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Frierson Street. The vehicle came to a stop in an empty wooded lot, at which time police say Rogers continued to run from police.

Police say after a short foot chase, Rogers fell, at which time police took him into custody.

Police say they found a syringe and a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine on Rogers.

Rogers appeared before District Court Judge Tommy Fowler on Dec. 21. Judge Fowler found probable cause to charge him with two felonies and three misdemeanors, including possession of meth or cocaine and two counts of fleeing.

Rogers, who is on parole and has prior fleeing charges on his record according to Judge Fowler, was given a $10,000 bond.

He'll appear in Craighead County Circuit Court on Jan. 29.

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