Pursuit in Jonesboro leads to arrest

Pursuit in Jonesboro leads to arrest
Tyrone Griffin, 38, Jonesboro Possession of drug paraphernalia-felony, criminal contempt (7/10) (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A pursuit through several Jonesboro neighborhoods and nearly hitting a police officer has a Craighead County man facing nearly a dozen charges, Jonesboro police said Thursday.

Tyrone Griffin of Jonesboro was arrested July 10 after a Jonesboro officer saw a black SUV going west on Race Street.

The probable cause affidavit noted the vehicle swerved across the center line and nearly went off the road.

The officer chased Griffin and caught up to him at the Sonic parking lot at Red Wolf and Race Street, as Griffin tried to get away from police, the affidavit noted.

“Griffin fled north onto Red Wolf Blvd. at a high rate of speed before making an abrupt, sharp turn onto Fairview exceeding the posted speed. Griffin veered down Brazos before turning east down Parkwood and as Griffin turned, he lost control of the vehicle and slid into the yard of a residence located at the intersection. Griffin regained control of the vehicle and continued to flee down Parkwood,” the affidavit noted.

Griffin then drove into the parking lot of the Bel-Air Apartments, sped through the lot and and made a circle around the neighborhood twice, police said.

Then, on the third time, Griffin drove the vehicle into the grass of the apartment complex, drove between the apartment buildings, over a sidewalk, then pulled out of the grass and nearly struck an officer, police said.

Griffin then went west on Timms Street as officers lost sight of him. From there, Griffin drove to Timms and Parkside Streets where he crashed head-on into a tree, police said.

However, Griffin took off running from officers. The officers told Griffin to stop but he didn’t, police said, noting an officer was able to use a taser to subdue him.

Griffin was arrested on suspicion of fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, running a stop sign, speeding, left of center, improper turn, driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked, speeding and failure to use a turn signal.

A $15,000 bond was set for Griffin, who will be arraigned Aug. 30 in circuit court.

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