A vehicle and a pistol inside that vehicle were reported stolen from the 17000 block of Highway 45 near Hackett this morning at around 10:30 a.m.
According to Captain Philip Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, as a deputy was taking this report at around 11:15 a.m., another deputy spotted the red 4 wheel-drive Dodge pickup on Highway 71 South near Greenwood. He attempted to catch up to the vehicle, which he clocked on radar at around 100 mph.
Pevehouse stated, “after activating his safety lights, the deputy realized the vehicle was not going to stop for him. The vehicle left Highway 71 South and turned west onto Young Ridge Road. The deputy announced he was in pursuit of the failing to yield stolen vehicle. Near the area of Young Ridge Road and Palestine Road, the fleeing truck began to trying to wreck the deputy. The driver continued to slam on their brakes hoping to cause the deputy to wreck.”
The pursuit continued over multiple county roads and state highways. According to Pevehouse, the driver brandished the firearm at the pursuing deputy on Dayton Road. The driver then stopped and rammed the deputy’s vehicle, disabling the unit.
”Other responding units from multiple agencies flooded the area around Witcherville where sight of the vehicle was last seen,” added Pevehouse. “At the intersection of Highway 71 South and Browntown Road the vehicle was spotted again by law enforcement. The vehicle fled west on Browntown Road, finally circling back toward Highway 71 South. During this time the driver attempted to ram multiple law enforcement vehicles. It reached speeds between 50 and 90 mph. The vehicle also attempted to ram an innocent vehicle which just happened to be on the road.”
Arkansas State Police were able to catch up to the vehicle on Highway 71 South, just north of the Jenny Lind community. They were able to perform a P. I. T. maneuver and the end the pursuit.
Jennifer K. Porter, 27, of Fort Smith has been charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony fleeing. Pevehouse stated that Porter is currently being interviewed by SCSO CID, and will also face charges for the vehicle theft. Other charges may be pending.
One SCSO patrol unit was disabled and three ASP units also suffered damage because of Porter’s actions.