Deputy’s ve­hi­cle hit; man jailed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - EMMA PETTIT

An Arkansas man was ar­rested Sun­day af­ter he ran into a sher­iff’s of­fice ve­hi­cle and tried to flee the scene of the wreck in Newport, of­fi­cials said.

Shortly af­ter 9 p.m., Newport po­lice Sgt. Shane Rogers was driv­ing on Arkansas 367 in down­town Newport and tried to pull over a sil­ver Dodge pickup that had ex­pired reg­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The Dodge sped away from Rogers and crossed into In­de­pen­dence County, where po­lice re­ported los­ing sight of it.

A few min­utes later, an Arkansas State Po­lice trooper saw the truck trav­el­ing back into town on the same high­way and fol­lowed, of­fi­cials said. The Dodge reached State Street and hit a Jack­son County sher­iff’s of­fice ve­hi­cle and a civil­ian’s ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The deputy and two other vic­tims were taken to a hos­pi­tal, where they were treated for mi­nor in­juries.

The Dodge’s driver, 25-year-old Joshua Allen Lane of Bald Knob, and a pas­sen­ger tried to flee the scene but were stopped by law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, the re­lease said. The pas­sen­ger was is­sued a flee­ing-on-foot ticket, po­lice spokesman Patrick Weather­ford said.

The man who fled and an­other pas­sen­ger told po­lice they asked Lane to let them out dur­ing the pursuit, but Lane re­fused.

Lane, who was on pa­role, was taken to the Jack­son County jail. He will likely be charged with three counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault, two counts of sec­ond-de­gree false im­pris­on­ment, pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, flee­ing in a ve­hi­cle and sec­ond-de­gree crim­i­nal mis­chief, the re­lease said.

His bail was set at $100,000 at a Mon­day morn­ing court ap­pear­ance, Weather­ford said. His next court date is next Mon­day.

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