Gravette chase ends in three ar­rests

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - RANDY MOLL rmoll@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — A high-speed chase which be­gan in Gravette shortly af­ter noon on Oct. 30 ended south of the city on North Mount Olive Road west of Wild­wood Way shortly be­fore 1 p.m. af­ter a crash in­volv­ing a Ben­ton County pa­trol ve­hi­cle and the flee­ing sus­pect’s car had oc­curred.

Ja­cob Mills, 25, of Hi­wasse, Trevor Meeker, 27, of Cen­ter­ton, and Jen­nifer Parks, 27, of Ben­tonville, were taken into cus­tody and trans­ported to the Ben­ton County Jail.

Ac­cord­ing to Ben­ton County Jail logs, Mills was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with care­less driv­ing, flee­ing in a ve­hi­cle with ex­treme in­dif­fer­ence, theft by re­ceiv­ing, flee­ing on foot, car­ry­ing a weapon, ag­gra­vated as­sault (a Class D felony), crim­i­nal mis­chief and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. Meeker was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with flee­ing on foot, re­sist­ing ar­rest, theft by re­ceiv­ing and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. Parks was

ar­rested in con­nec­tion with flee­ing on foot, theft by re­ceiv­ing and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies be­came in­volved in the pur­suit which was ini­ti­ated by the Gravette Po­lice De­part­ment, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Shan­non Jenk­ins, me­dia spokesper­son for the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Other agen­cies in­volved in­cluded Sul­phur Springs and De­catur Po­lice De­part­ments. Ar­kan­sas State Po­lice was called to in­ves­ti­gate the chase.

No in­juries were re­ported, though both the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle and a po­lice ve­hi­cle had to be towed. Gravette’s fire de­part­ment and am­bu­lance were dis­patched to the chase.

Charles Sk­aggs, Gravette chief of po­lice, is­sued the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion in a news re­lease on Oct. 31.

On Tues­day, Oct. 30, at ap­prox­i­mately 12:21 p.m., the Gravette Po­lice De­part­ment re­ceived a call from the Bank of Gravett’s mo­tor bank stat­ing that a teller rec­og­nized an in­di­vid­ual from the pre­vi­ous week who had passed a forged check and be­lieved they were pos­si­bly try­ing to pass an­other forged check at the drive-through.

Gravette Po­lice De­part­ment Of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene shortly af­ter. One of­fi­cer parked be­hind a black Honda Civic that was parked in the far east stall. The other of­fi­cer pulled into the exit lane off Third Av­enue N.E. Both of­fi­cers ex­ited their ve­hi­cles to ap­proach the Honda to speak with the oc­cu­pants. As they did, the Honda be­gan to pull out of the stall, at­tempt­ing to leave the bank. The of­fi­cer ap­proach­ing the front of the Honda in­structed the driver to stop. In­stead, the driver of the Honda ac­cel­er­ated quickly to­wards the of­fi­cer. The of­fi­cer again gave com­mands for the Honda to stop, but it did not do so, re­sult­ing in the of­fi­cer hav­ing to quickly move aside to avoid be­ing struck by the Honda.

The Honda ex­ited the bank headed east onto Main Street, ac­cel­er­at­ing rapidly. Both of­fi­cers fol­lowed, and a pur­suit was called. The Honda then turned south on Fifth Av­enue S.E., ac­cel­er­at­ing and cross­ing Ar­kan­sas High­way 72 with­out stop­ping. The Honda con­tin­ued to Birm­ing­ham Street S.E., turn­ing east into a school zone with­out stop­ping and crossed Sixth Av­enue S.E., trav­el­ing at speeds over 50 mph. The Honda turned east on Ar­kan­sas High­way 72, then turned south onto Stage Coach Road. Speeds ex­ceeded 90 mph on Stage Coach Road. The Honda then turned onto Fruit­wood Road, con­tin­u­ing at speeds over 50 mph, then turned west onto Wild­wood Way. An of­fi­cer ap­proached a civil­ian weed eat­ing along Wild­wood Way who con­firmed the Honda was still trav­el­ing to the south on Wild­wood Way. The Honda then turned east on Mount Olive Road, where it col­lided with a ve­hi­cle driven by a Ben­ton County deputy. The Honda, still be­ing some­what op­er­a­ble, con­tin­ued east on Mount Olive, but started los­ing pieces of the in­ner front fen­der and left front tire, even­tu­ally driv­ing on the rim. Be­ing un­able to be driven fur­ther, the Honda came to a stop at the en­trance of 17371 Mount Olive Road.

Other units from the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fi­cer, De­catur Po­lice De­part­ment, and Sul­phur Springs Po­lice De­part­ment had pre­vi­ously joined in the pur­suit. The three sus­pects, Ja­cob Allen Mills, Trevor Dean Meeker and Jen­nifer Elaine Parks, ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and fled on foot into the drive­way of 17371 Mount Olive Road. All three sus­pects were caught and de­tained by Ben­ton County deputies and the De­catur Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cer. Gravette po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene and all three sus­pects were trans­ported to the Ben­ton County Jail.

Dur­ing an in­ven­tory of the Honda, a glass smok­ing de­vice was found ly­ing on the con­sole, along with a black bag in the pas­sen­ger floor­board. The black bag con­tained sev­eral check­books, cell phones and car keys. Some of the checks were later found to have been stolen … in the Bella Vista area. Fur­ther items found are in­volved with an ac­tive theft in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Ben­ton County.

The Honda’s driver, Ja­cob Allen Mills, was held for care­less driv­ing, flee­ing by ve­hi­cle with ex­treme in­dif­fer­ence (a felony), flee­ing on foot, car­ry­ing a weapon, ag­gra­vated as­sault (a Class D felony), pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and fail­ure to ap­pear for a mis­de­meanor of­fense. Trevor Dean Meeker was held for flee­ing on foot, re­sist­ing ar­rest, theft by re­ceiv­ing, car­ry­ing a weapon and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. Jen­nifer Elaine Parks was held for flee­ing on foot, theft by re­ceiv­ing and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

Chief Sk­aggs wrote fur­ther that “the Gravette Po­lice De­part­ment would like to thank the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Sul­phur Springs Po­lice De­part­ment, and De­catur Po­lice De­part­ment, along with the Ben­ton County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices dis­patch op­er­a­tors, for their as­sis­tance in keep­ing these three sus­pects off the streets of North­west Ar­kan­sas.”

BEN­TON COUNTY JAIL

Ja­cob Mills (left), 25, of Hi­wasse, Trevor Meeker, 27, of Cen­ter­ton, and Jen­nifer Parks, 27, of Ben­tonville, were taken into cus­tody and trans­ported to the Ben­ton County Jail fol­low­ing a chase near Gravette on Oct. 30.

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