This is an Update on a Previous Story.
Further information has been release regarding the high-speed chase through Hope and Hempstead County that originated in Lafayette County Friday night.
According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit started when Lafayette County Deputy Sundburg attempted a stop on a white 2017 Honda Accord the evening of Friday, February 24 for crossing a double yellow line.
Lafayette Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Sundburg advised that the driver of the Honda failed to stop and then accelerated to 90 mph initially. As the pursuit crossed into Hempstead County the Honda accelerated to 110 mph. Deputy Sundburg requested Hempstead County and Arkansas State Police be notified.
According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Deputies responded to assist after being notified by dispatch that a Lafayette County Deputy’s pursuit of a Honda stolen out of Texarkana had crossed into Hempstead County. Hope Police Sergeant Oller, Officer Perez & Officer Halliday went to the 2700 block of South Main to deploy a tire deflation device. Assistant Police Chief Kim Tomlin said the attempt wasn’t successful.
Sheriff Singleton said that as Deputies arrived at the intersection of South Main St and Bill Clinton Bypass they observed the Honda turning North onto South Main at a high rate of speed and almost losing control.
Sheriff Singleton said the Deputies turned on their emergency lights and sirens and attempted to stop the Honda. They pursued the car north on Main toward 6th St and observed it turn onto East 6th St and proceed at a high rate of speed toward Edgewood. Deputies cancelled the pursuit due to unsafe conditions.
Soon after, dispatch notified deputies they received a call about a vehicle travelling on Highway 278 East at a high rate of speed. Deputies moved to attempt contact with the vehicle on 278 while Arkansas State Trooper Mitchell set up in the county to deploy his tire deflation device but no one was able to initially locate the vehicle on 278 East.
While returning to Hope, Deputies and the Trooper spotted a white Honda Accord with its lights on in the yard of a residence on the corner of 278 East and Lakeshore Dr. The license plate confirmed it was their suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, who has yet to be identified, had already fled the scene.
Deputies and Troopers cleared the area and waited with the vehicle until Lafayette County Deputy Sundburg and officers from the Hope Police Department arrived on scene.
HPD officers fanned out on foot to search the neighborhood for the driver and interview possible witnesses while deputies and a Trooper made contact with a suspicious vehicle seen leaving the area and another Trooper maintained security at the stolen car’s location.
After their search failed to locate the suspect, officers returned to the abandoned Honda, searched it and impounded it.
According to the Sheriff, the driver may have been identified but the investigation is ongoing.