Police: cars, home damaged when suspect jumped from moving car

Police: cars, home damaged when suspect jumped from moving car
Terrence Cortez Williams (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - At least two cars and a home were damaged late Wednesday night after a man jumped out of a moving car while running from police, authorities said Thursday.

Jonesboro Police Department Street Crimes Unit Investigator Bryan Bailey said he saw Terrance Cortez Williams at the intersection of Chestnut and Washington around 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Bailey said he confirmed Williams had a suspended license and when he turned around, Williams ran a stop sign at the intersection of Washington and Nisbett.

"As I approached Nisbett, I observed the listed vehicle empty with the driver door standing open still slow rolling southbound," Inv. Bailey said. "The vehicle hit the rear driver side of a parked car and then hit a light pole as well as another parked car on the street before coming to a stop after hitting a house."

Bailey then started chasing Williams, who he said was running through people's yards.

Bailey said he and Investigator Chris Jefferson got close to Williams as he tried to scale a fence. Jefferson deployed his taser and hit Williams in the torso, but he was able to get loose of the probes when he jumped the fence.

Bailey said a short time later, he found Williams hiding in some bushes against the fence he jumped. Bailey ordered him to get on the ground, at which time he said Williams took off running again.

Bailey then deployed his taser, which hit Williams in his back and thigh. He fell to the ground, and officers attempted to arrest him.

"Williams continued to refuse to place his hands behind his back and after a drive stun was completed we were able to apprehend Williams," the affidavit states.

Due to Williams being a parolee on max supervision, police searched his home on Chestnut.

In a bedroom, officers found a pistol laying on top of Williams jail intake sheet, police said.

Police also found drug paraphernalia and an air rifle with ammo sitting beside it.

Williams mostly faces misdemeanor charges, but he also faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm by certain persons. That charge carries with it the potential for 5 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $15,000.

Thursday, Judge Tommy Fowler set Williams bond at $50,000.

Williams requested Judge Fowler to reconsider because of his two children, at which time Judge Fowler said after taking his criminal history into consideration, he would not lower his bond.

He'll be back in court on Jan. 29.

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