Pursuit ends in crash; two peo­ple in cus­tody

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Hunter McFer­rin Staff Writer hm­c­fer­rin@nwadg.com ■

Two peo­ple were ar­rested last Thursday fol­low­ing a po­lice pursuit that ended in a rollover crash off of Arkansas High­way 16 and drugs and a firearm in the yard of a res­i­dence.

Austin Michael Lu­cas of Tulsa, Okla., and Kira Bre­ann-May Dye of Siloam Springs, were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the pursuit, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause filed by the Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on Oct. 26.

Events that led up to the pursuit be­gan about 5:15 p.m.

when Sgt. Jed White of the Siloam Springs Po­lice Depart­ment no­ticed a black Hyundai Tiburon parked near a res­i­dence cur­rently known for drug ac­tiv­ity, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Af­ter fol­low­ing the ve­hi­cle to an­other lo­ca­tion, also known for drug ac­tiv­ity, Of­fi­cer Travis Lu­per no­ticed there was a crack in its wind­shield as well as “spi­der-web­bing,” in front of the driver seat, which can ob­struct a driver’s view, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The ve­hi­cle left the area at about 7:50 p.m. and shortly there­after, White ad­vised Of­fi­cer Joshua Cot­ting­ham of the ve­hi­cle’s de­scrip­tion and told him that it had a cracked wind­shield that was ob­struct­ing the driver’s view.

Cot­ting­ham lo­cated the ve­hi­cle and at­tempted to ini­ti­ate a traf­fic stop at 606 S. Maxwell St. When he ex­ited his pa­trol car to make con­tact, the af­fi­davit states that the ve­hi­cle be­gan head­ing down South Maxwell Street, at which point Cot­ting­ham ad­vised dis­patch that he was in pursuit of a flee­ing ve­hi­cle with Lu­per fol­low­ing be­hind. The ve­hi­cle drove down South Maxwell Street un­til reach­ing East Ken­wood Street, where it then turned left and be­gan head­ing east, run­ning four stop signs, one red light and reach­ing speeds as high as 70 miles per hour.

The ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued on East Ken­wood Street un­til reach­ing the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 16, where it turned right and be­gan head­ing south on State High­way 16, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Speeds then ac­cel­er­ated to as high 95 miles per hour and about one mile af­ter turn­ing onto State High­way 16, the ve­hi­cle ex­ited the road­way and crashed into “… a wooded hill­side,” rolling onto its roof with the pas­sen­ger side clos­est to the hill.

Both sus­pects ex­ited the ve­hi­cle from the driver’s side win­dow, and while paramedics de­clared Lu­cas in­jury-free, Dye was trans­ported to Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. In a later in­ter­view with a lo­cal de­tec­tive, Dye stated that she was driv­ing and that they fled be­cause they had drugs and a .22 cal­iber pis­tol in the ve­hi­cle and that Lu­cas threw items out of the pas­sen­ger win­dow dur­ing the pursuit.

When tak­ing in­ven­tory of items in the ve­hi­cle, the af­fi­davit states that .22 short am­mu­ni­tion was “… scat­tered through­out the ve­hi­cle,” and that a box of .22 short am­mu­ni­tion, a box of .38 spe­cial am­mu­ni­tion and an empty hand­gun mag­a­zine that was la­beled .380 were found in the glove box. Cot­ting­ham also said that he no­ticed a Calvin Klein purse on the floor­board of the pas­sen­ger seat, and in­side he lo­cated two, or­ange cir­cu­lar pills that were later iden­ti­fied as Oxy­mor­phone Hy­drochlo­ride.

When search­ing out­side of the ve­hi­cle on the hill close to where it crashed, Cot­ting­ham said he found a sy­ringe that had mois­ture in­side of the tube and a clear plas­tic bag con­tain­ing 2.4 grams of a white crys­tal sub­stance, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The sub­stance was field tested and the re­sults came back as pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine.

Be­cause Dye told the de­tec­tive there were drugs and a firearm in the ve­hi­cle — and that a small amount of drugs and no firearm were found — White re­turned on Fri­day af­ter­noon to scan the en­tire path of the pursuit to see if there was some­thing that was thrown from the win­dow that they missed, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Roughly 15 feet from the road­way in the front yard of a res­i­dence lo­cated on the 800 block of South Maxwell Street, White lo­cated a “… red Case Logic zip­per case with a hand drawn money sign on it.”

About 10 feet away, he lo­cated a North Amer­i­can Arms .22 mag five shot re­volver, in ad­di­tion to find­ing a pis­tol hol­ster with a match­ing brand in front of the drain pipe of the same res­i­dence. Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, the con­tents of the Case Logic zip­per case were four plas­tic bags that each con­tained a white crys­tal sub­stance with a com­bined weight of 53 grams; it was later field tested and the re­sults were pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine. The af­fi­davit also states there were four plas­tic bags with a crys­tal residue in­side them, an un­named, yel­low cir­cu­lar pill, a red plas­tic straw with white residue in it, 18 un­used plas­tic bags and a Weigh­max dig­i­tal scale.

White also spoke with the home­own­ers at the res­i­dence where he lo­cated the ad­di­tional items, who said they did not see any of the items, nor did they own a .22 cal­iber pis­tol. Lu­cas was be­ing held at the Ben­ton County Jail as of Fri­day on a $30,000 bond, is fac­ing a to­tal of nine charges, at least seven which are felonies and his court date is set for Dec. 3. Dye was also be­ing held at the Ben­ton County Jail as of Fri­day on a $35,000 bond, is fac­ing a to­tal of 10 charges, at least eight of which are felonies and due to the na­ture of her charges, she will have court dates on Nov. 13, Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.



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