A 29-year-old Clinton woman led officers with the Conway Police Department on a high speed chase through west Conway on Saturday night, followed by a foot chase after she crashed her vehicle.
Amber Stephens-Tharp, first gained the attention of an officer when her vehicle almost hit his while she was making a turn at the intersection of Highway 25 and Old Morrilton Highway. After turning around to initiate a traffic stop on the driver, the officer initiated his lights but the suspect continued traveling east bound. The officer followed the suspect as she turned west on N. Donaghey Avenue and began to drive faster. He noted that he activated his siren at this point and advised dispatch that the driver was refusing to stop and he would be in pursuit. The officer followed the driver as she drove west and then south on Donaghey Avenue. He stated that he watched the driver “blow through the red light at Meadowlake Road” as the suspect continued south bound. The officer also noted that the suspect drove recklessly through the intersection as she turned on Prince Street. The officer continued to follow her with his lights flashing and siren blaring as the suspect continued west and then turned north on Western Avenue.
From there the driver ran stop signs, ignored red lights and breezed through intersections as she made her way back to Donaghey Avenue and finally Prince Street.
After running up on the curb several times as she tried to navigate the round-about at Prince Street, the officer noted that the driver sped down Prince Street at speeds of 100 miles per hour.
After travelling through the intersections at Salem and County Club Roads, the officer lost site of the vehicle as it topped the hill. However, he soon found the vehicle, minus the driver at the entrance to the Turnberry sub-division. The truck had crashed into a wall and the driver had fled the scene.
Other officers along with a police dog were called to the area to search for the suspect. The dog alerted to having found the suspect in a wooded area northwest of the sub-division entrance and she was taken into custody.
During a search of Stephens-Tharp’s vehicle, officers located a small bag containing “green vegetable matter” and a “white crystalline substance”. The material was sent to the state crime lab for analysis.
Stephens-Tharp was charged with Fleeing, driving with a suspended or cancelled license, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance. She was also held for one felony warrant and one misdemeanor warrant.
She remains at the Faulkner County Detention Center on a $4,040 bond for the current charges and a $950 bond for the past warrants.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at email@example.com)