A Missouri man was arrested after leading Conway officers on a chase through the city Wednesday night.
According to Conway Police Department public information officer Chris Harris, a patrolman noticed that unreasonably loud music seemed to be coming from a Nissan Sentra late Thursday evening, and also noticed that the trunklid seemed to be ajar.
The patrolman followed the vehicle, which ran the stop sign at Locust and Vanronkle streets, to Davis and Prince streets, and there attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The vehicle continued driving on Prince Street, turning north on Country Club Road, east on Irby Drive, south onto Salem Road and west onto White Oak Drive and the Shady Lane Drive neighborhood. Harris said that pursuing officers reported that the pursuit ranged in speed between 45 and 65 miles per hour and the driver, identified as 25-year-old Matthew Alan Smith, disregarded several stop signs and red lights and at one point drove through residential yards.
Patrolman and CPD officers orchestrating the pursuit were able to coordinate efforts and a spike strip was placed in the vehicle’s path. The crippled vehicle stopped on Shady Lane Drive and Smith ran on foot into a nearby home while the passenger stayed behind, telling officers that Smith had ran into his grandmother’s house.
Officers surrounded the home and saw a person matching Smith’s description inside. Officers made contact with the grandmother, who said that Smith was inside and gave officers permission to enter the home, but Smith was on his way out into the garage area. As the garage door was opening, two officers ducked underneath and attempted to arrest him.
At this point, Harris said, the suspect "acted silly," resisting arrest and punching a female officer in the face. Other officers were waiting outside as the garage door opened upwards, and one of them was able to tase Smith. He was handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, first-degree reckless driving, loud noise violation, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree battery.
Smith’s passenger, identified as 22-year-old Tiffany Stringer of 308 South Russell Street, Odessa, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance after a small amount of suspected marijuana was found in her purse. More suspected marijuana was also found in the car, and Harris said that the total amount of suspected marijuana recovered was about 9 grams.
Harris said that Smith may have decided to flee police because of felony parole absconder warrants out of Missouri related to Smith’s tampering with an electronic ankle monitor. Missouri authorities have expressed an interest in extraditing Smith to face charges there, Harris said.
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