Four ar­rested af­ter of­fi­cers hurt in chase

Po­lice ask­ing that ju­ve­nile be charged as an adult

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

SPRING­DALE — Po­lice ar­rested four peo­ple Fri­day in con­nec­tion with two po­lice of­fi­cers who were hit and se­ri­ously in­jured while try­ing to stop a stolen car.

Arom­mon Luther, 18, of 1759 B Emily Cir­cle, two 15-year-old males and a 17-year-old male were each ar­rested on two counts of bat­tery, theft of prop­erty and flight. Luther also was ar­rested on a charge of con­tribut­ing to the delin­quency of a mi­nor.

Po­lice of­fi­cials have asked the Wash­ing­ton County pros­e­cu­tor to con­sider charg­ing the 15-year-old driver as an adult, said Capt. Derek Hud­son, a Spring­dale po­lice spokesman, in a Fri­day af­ter­noon news con­fer­ence. Sur­veil­lance video shows the car swerv­ing at the of­fi­cers in two in­stances and trav­el­ing at high speeds, Hud­son said.

Around 3:20 a.m. Fri­day, Spring­dale po­lice re­ceived a call about sus­pi­cious peo­ple in the area of 707 Woodridge Drive. The caller said he was on his way home from work and could see two peo­ple on the se­cu­rity cam­era out­side his house, ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice Depart­ment news re­lease.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived at the home and be­gan to check the area. They found sev­eral peo­ple in a stolen Nis­san Al­tima with the head­lights off. Of­fi­cer Ash­ley Booth ap­proached the car, and it fled at a high rate of speed,

strik­ing Booth and throw­ing him onto the hood. Of­fi­cer An­nelisa Hoff­man was also hit as the car sped away, ac­cord­ing the news re­lease.

Booth has been with the depart­ment 12 years, and Hoff­man has been with the depart­ment 3½ years, said Derek Hud­son with the Po­lice Depart­ment.

The car even­tu­ally hit the home­owner in his ve­hi­cle head-on. All oc­cu­pants of the stolen car fled on foot. A search en­sued, in­volv­ing a po­lice dog. Hud­son said po­lice

are con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause they think more peo­ple might have been in the area break­ing into cars. Of­fi­cers aren’t sure how many in­di­vid­u­als were rid­ing in the car.

Booth and Hoff­man were taken to North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Spring­dale with se­vere, but non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries. No up­date on their con­di­tions was avail­able Fri­day even­ing.

The home­owner suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and wasn’t taken to a hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing the news re­lease.

Hud­son said Luther ad­mit­ted to be­ing in the stolen car, hit­ting the of­fi­cers and leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent.

Hoff­man

Booth

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