A 53-year-old man who led authorities on a chase from Mayflower to the county jail Wednesday now faces felony charges following the pursuit.
Emmitt Evans of Mayflower is charged with two Class D felonies — aggravated assault and fleeing — along with three misdemeanor charges — reckless driving, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest — following the afternoon chase.
Faulkner County Sheriff's Office spokesman Erinn Stone said authorities were following up on a 911 hangup call at 2:53 p.m. on White City Road in Mayflower when they first ran into Evans.
"[O]ur deputies responded to a residence on White City Road in Mayflower due to three calls placed to 911 which resulted in the caller just hanging up," she said. "Our deputy met with the resident, identified as Emmitt Evans, [and] nothing was found out of the ordinary. Evans was upset we were there and began to yell at our deputy, stating he was harassing him. Our deputy left the residence once the incident was cleared."
According to a probable cause affidavit, Evans followed FCSO to an unrelated call on Lawrence Landing Road, where he again, "began yelling and cursing [at]" deputies.
After being told to leave the area, Evans reportedly fled the scene, driving out into oncoming traffic and nearly crashing into several vehicles traveling along Highway 365.
Because the 53-year-old man drove off erratically, deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the green Mercury Mountaineer he was driving.
Authorities say Evans refused to pull over and instead led police on a pursuit from Mayflower to Conway.
According to radio traffic, Evans intentionally tried to hit an officer with his vehicle as he fled authorities.
Evans drove along Highway 365 and avoided a spike strip set up by Conway police before turning onto Dave Ward Drive.
Stone said Evans was "weaving in and out of traffic" as he evaded authorities.
After tuning onto Dave Ward Drive, the 53-year-old suspect turned onto South German Lane, where he soon turned into the Justice Building parking lot.
"[The] Conway Police Department assisted as the pursuit continued down Dave Ward Drive and onto South German Lane," Stone said. "Evans then pulled into the Justice Building parking lot, where he ran inside. Evans was stopped at the front door of the Justice Building and was taken into custody."
Online records show Evans is currently behind bars in lieu of a $25,000 bond and is set to appear at 9 a.m. June 11 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.