Deputies arrest man after pursuit in Independence County

Deputies arrest man after pursuit in Independence County
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A man faces fleeing and drug-related charges after he reportedly led authorities on a pursuit through Batesville, Charlotte and Cord, according to Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens.

John W. Arnold of Batesville was arrested May 22 after Independence County deputies tried to pull over a 2009 Hyundai Sonata going south on St. Louis Street near College Street in Batesville.

The vehicle had signaled like it was going to turn into a nearby business, but changed lanes, sped up and took off, Stephens said.

Authorities followed Arnold through Batesville.

"The pursuit turned east onto White Drive and continued east at high rates of speed with the suspect traveling into oncoming traffic and going into blind curves in oncoming traffic lanes," Stephens said in a media release. "When the pursuit got past Crown Colony, the suspect in the vehicle began to throw baggies and items from the passenger side window consistent with items of controlled substances."

The pursuit then went into the Charlotte area, where deputies were able to use spike strips to try to stop the vehicle. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle in the Cord area and took Arnold into custody, Stephens said.

"Arnold began to swing with closed fist at officers. At that time, Arnold was removed from the vehicle, placed on the ground and he was struggling with officers he was placed into handcuffs," Stephens said, noting deputies found meth, baggies and scales inside the vehicle.

Arnold was arrested on suspicion of fleeing, possession of meth with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, resisting arrest and littering.

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