A man who led police in a pursuit from Atkins to Conway on Tuesday was arrested after colliding with another vehicle at an intersection.
According to reports, Christopher Hamilton, 32, was headed north in a car just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday night on Highway 105 when an Arkansas State Police trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The man allegedly continued to speed, leading police in a chase at speeds in excess of 105 mph on Highway 64 through Atkins.
Hamilton reportedly passed vehicles in non-passing areas and drove in the wrong traffic lanes while headed eastbound towards Conway County.
The trooper said he saw Hamilton reach to grab something from the passenger seat, worsening his driving.
The pursuit continued through Morrilton, Plumerville and Menifee with speeds up to 110 mph.
Hamilton continued eastbound to Conway, where he reportedly passed two vehicles in a westbound lane and continued driving in the turning lane, before running a stoplight and colliding with another car at the intersection of Donaghey Avenue and Caldwell Street.
The trooper, assisted by members of the Conway Police Department, located Hamilton on a nearby lawn, where he was arrested.
Hamilton reportedly denied drinking, but when asked, admitted to having used marijuana and taken several hits of methamphetamine throughout the day.
A green leafy substance was discovered in his pocket during a medical examination.
Hamilton reportedly said, "I forgot about that pot."
Hamilton was arrested on charges of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. Bond was set at $50,000. Hamilton was convicted on March 25 of public intoxication. He was also convicted of DWI in 2007 and has been convicted six times on failure to appear charges over a span of ten years.
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