RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A man accused of stealing a car is in the hospital after police say he rammed into their cruisers before leading them on a high-speed chase.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at the Jordan’s Kwik Stop on U.S. Highway 67 in Pocahontas.
Police Chief David Eddington said his officers were investigating a report of a stolen vehicle -- a Honda Civic -- when they found the suspect behind the wheel.
When police looked inside the vehicle, they saw Cameron Like asleep. As backup arrived, officers approached the car. Police say shots were fired after some sort of commotion.
Sheriff Kevin Bell said shots were fired by Pocahontas PD at the suspect before they arrived and that no one shot during the pursuit or after they arrived. According to the police report, no one was hit during the gunfire.
After that, the chase began. Security footage shows what appears to be Like driving off, ramming into a cop car, and nearly hitting three officers in the process.
Officers pursued the man out of the city limits, at which time, the sheriff’s office got involved.
The chase went for miles until a Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy put an end to the pursuit near Gum Stump Road, using a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver. Shortly after, Like lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
Police say Like then jumped out of the wrecked car and took off. Law enforcement was able to catch up to him quickly and take him into custody.
Like was taken to a local medical facility in Pocahontas for non-life-threatening injuries.
Both Pocahontas Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office say they’re piecing all the evidence and damage to police cars to present to the prosecuting attorney for possible added charges.
When we asked both departments for more details about the shots fired, we were told that information will be released as soon as the investigation is completed.
Region 8 News will continue to track this story and update it as more details become available.