POINSETT COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A man is being held on multiple charges, including fleeing and assaulting a law enforcement officer, after investigators say he led them on a chase with speeds reaching 120-130 mph.
Poinsett County Deputy Sheriff Luke Roe was on patrol Wednesday night when he spotted a gray Dodge Charger parked on the northbound shoulder of the floodway near Marked Tree.
When Roe approached the vehicle, according to his initial incident report, the driver “turned the wheel and attempted to hit [him].”
The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Deajon Dobbins of Jacksonville, Ark., then “spun his tires and started traveling at a high rate of speed.”
Roe got back into his cruiser, radioed dispatch, then began pursuing Dobbins.
“At times, speeds reached 120-130 mph,” Roe stated.
Dobbins got off at Exit 29, drove through the stop sign, then got back onto the interstate. That’s when the Trumann Police Department joined the pursuit.
The Charger, according to the report, continued at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic.
An Arkansas State Police cruiser approached and Roe yielded, allowing ASP to take the lead.
After a failed PIT maneuver, Dobbins stopped in a construction zone.
Officers surrounded the car, but Dobbins initially refused to get out.
After Sgt. Charles Jones made a “K-9 announcement,” Dobbins exited the Charger and was taken into custody.
Two other occupants, who were not identified, were also asked to get out. They were later released.
During a search of the vehicle, according to the incident report, officers found two firearms loaded with hollow-point ammunition and several high-capacity magazines.
Dobbins was arrested and taken to the Poinsett County Detention Center where he was booked on suspicion of the following charges:
- Aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
- Felony fleeing
- Reckless driving
- Carrying a weapon
- Driving on a suspended license
He is awaiting a probable cause hearing.
ASP is expected to add more charges.