Fugi­tive flees, hits two cars be­fore ar­rest

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

A 34-year- old Arkansas man was ar­rested Fri­day night af­ter he fled from au­thor­i­ties, hit­ting two po­lice cars with his ve­hi­cle in the process, ac­cord­ing to a Fort Smith po­lice news re­lease.

The Fort Smith drug unit heard about Larry Dale Batt while in­ves­ti­gat­ing metham­phetamine dis­tri­bu­tion, the re­lease said. When of­fi­cers learned Batt was also wanted by the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice, they drove to his apart­ment on Rogers Av­enue.

Of­fi­cers said they at­tempted to take Batt into cus­tody, but be­fore they could, he got into his ve­hi­cle and ac­cel­er­ated to­ward them.

Batt missed the of­fi­cers, hit an un­der­cover po­lice ve­hi­cle and sped through the park­ing lot un­til he ran his ve­hi­cle into an­other po­lice ve­hi­cle that was shield­ing a woman in an elec­tric wheel­chair, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Of­fi­cers lost sight of Batt as he fled down Rogers Av­enue, but they later found his ve­hi­cle aban­doned on Bos­ton Av­enue.

He was later lo­cated and ar­rested at a home on Colony Lane.

Batt was booked into the Se­bas­tian County jail at 1:40 a.m. Satur­day. He is charged with three counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and an out­stand­ing fed­eral war­rant.

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