A 38-year-old Quitman man led Conway officers on a high-speed chase that ended at the University of Central Arkansas on Tuesday night.
An officer was patrolling Glen Echo Trailer Park around 9 p.m. when he pulled up behind a black GMC Envoy that showed to be reported stolen out of Pulaski County. As the driver, later identified as Shawn Carroll Parker of Quitman, pulled up to a driveway at the south end of Glendale Drive, the officer made his way toward the vehicle.
According to an incident report, Parker tried to drive off when he noticed the officer was headed his way. As he attempted to pull out of the driveway, the GMC he was driving met the officer's patrol car "nose to nose."
The officer told Parker to shut the vehicle off; however, Parker sped away, leading the officer on a high-speed chase.
Parker turned west onto Torreyson Street, and then headed north onto South German Lane. While fleeing officers, Parker reached speeds "over 100 mph while driving down Robins Street." The chase ended when the suspect crashed into the parking lot at Wingo Hall at UCA. However, according to the incident report, a foot pursuit ensued.
An officer was able to cut Parker off at the north end of Wingo Hall and cuff him as they waited for paramedics to arrive on scene. Officers noted it was unclear if Parker suffered the "superficial injury to [the] left part of his face" during the crash or if he sustained the injury prior to the evening chase.
While searching Parker, officers found a loaded syringe with suspected methamphetamine in his jacket. Officers also found a semi-automatic handgun, 2.5 grams of meth, marijuana, three watches, gold and silver coins and a Samsung tablet that were seized as evidence.
As of press time Thursday, Parker was being held without bond in the county jail. Online records show he is charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving, first-degree fleeing and possession of firearms by certain persons.