Pursuit along I-555 leads to arrest

Pursuit along I-555 leads to arrest

POINSETT CO., Ark. (KAIT) - A pursuit along Interstate 555 in Poinsett County Wednesday has a Jonesboro man facing fleeing and drug charges, according to authorities.

Laquinton Lauderdale, 24, of Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday evening after the pursuit, which ended in the Marked Tree/Payneway area.

Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder told Region 8 News that his department got a call about a BOLO (be on the lookout), about a person wanted out of Jonesboro.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a deputy stationed on the Payneway entrance ramp on I-555 spotted a white Dodge Charger with Tennessee tags traveling at a high rate of speed.

The deputy turned on his lights and sirens, but the suspect refused to stop. According to the court documents, the pursuit reached speeds up to 115 miles per hour.

As they approached Marked Tree, a police officer deployed spike strips at the 13-mile marker entrance ramp.

After driving over the spikes, the suspect drove approximately another mile with two flat tires before pulling to the side of the interstate.

With the deputy holding him at gunpoint, Lauderdale reportedly got out of the car and laid face down on the pavement.

After clearing the car, the deputy stated he found two partially smoked marijuana blunts in the cup holder and a “nugget of marijuana” wrapped in a dollar bill beneath the stereo display screen.

Lauderdale was arrested on suspicion of felony fleeing and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). He was booked into the Poinsett County jail around 9 p.m. Wednesday and is awaiting a probable cause hearing, possibly on Friday, Molder said.

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