A 53-year-old man led authorities on a chase that ended at the Justice Building by the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit II on South German Lane in Conway on Wednesday.
Emmitt Evans of Mayflower faces first-degree fleeing, reckless driving, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges following the afternoon chase.
Faulkner County Sheriff's Office spokesman Erinn Stone said authorities were following up on a 911 hangup on White City Road in Mayflower when they first ran into Evans. She said from there, Evans followed deputies to an unrelated scene and began causing issues before leading officers on a chase.
"We first came into contact with Evans while responding to 911 hangup calls," she said. "Once we established that everything was good there, our deputy went to another call. Evans came to that call [on Lawrence Landing Road] and started yelling at the deputy."
FCSO told the man to leave. However, as he left the scene at Lawrence Landing, Stone said that Evans pulled out into oncoming traffic, noting he was driving erratically. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Evans, who was driving a green Mercury Mountaineer. However, instead of pulling over and complying with officers, Evans led authorities on a pursuit into 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 turning onto Dave Ward Drive, the 53-year-old suspect turned onto South German Lane, where he soon turned into the Justice Building parking lot.
FCSO deputies and Conway Police Department officers blocked Evans' vehicle in the parking lot before he jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to make his way inside the courthouse.
"Once he got to the Justice Building and made his way to the front doors, the bailiffs were able to stall him [so that he could be detained]," Stone said.
Online records show Evans was booked into the county jail at 4:42 p.m. Wednesday regarding the aforementioned charges.
A court date had not yet been set by press time.