Two suspects who evaded police Feb. 4 after a high-speed chase through Conway have been arrested in Clarksville.
Tyson Elvin Cundiff, 23, and Ashley Calhoun Clary, 23, both originally from Kansas, were pursued by police after Clary allegedly tried to pass a forged check at a Conway Walmart.
Conway Police Department patrolmen and dispatchers were able to coordinate efforts well enough for an officer to place a spike strip in the fleeing vehicle’s path a few hundred yards from Walmart, but the pursuit was called off when the suspects continued at high speeds, sometimes veering into oncoming lanes of traffic.
The vehicle, which had allegedly been taken by the suspects from its Kansas owner without permission, was found abandoned in the Mayflower area.
Deputy prosecutor Jason Barrett said after the suspects’ arraignments Monday that Clarksville police cooperated with the Conway Police Department in locating and arresting the suspects after the efforts of CPD investigators indicated that the suspects may be hiding there.
The two were arrested on Friday, Lt. Susan Wilson of CPD said, and according to Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson, the two were found at Cundiff’s sister’s residence and arrested after a brief foot pursuit.
Donaldson said Cundiff had in his possession a pair of brass knuckles at the time of his arrest and that Cundiff’s sister’s possible involvement in harboring the suspects was "being looked at" by Clarksville authorities.
Bond was set at $50,000 for Cundiff and $75,000 for Clary, who is wanted by Kansas authorities for allegedly passing a forged check at a Walmart there and similarly evading police in a vehicle pursuit.
Barrett said at Clary’s arraignment that he understood that Kansas authorities "are most anxious to get her back" to face charges there, and after the arraignment said that she may also face charges for alleged crimes in Russellville.
Both were being held on Monday at the Faulkner County Detention Center on charges of fleeing and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Clary faces the additional charge of forgery.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)