Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

HOPE, AR – A man is in jail after he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Monday night from Nevada County to the Hempstead County Jail in Hope.

Nevada County Deputies initiated a stop on a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Nevada County sometime around 10:30 p.m. Monday night. The driver, later identified as Michael Hawkins, allegedly refused to stop. The Monte Carlo fled at speeds reported around 100 mph. Nevada County Deputies notified Hempstead County as the chase crossed the county line on Highway 67.

Hope Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Deputies and an Arkansas State Trooper moved into position to intercept the car but did not have time to set up spike strips. The car reportedly was traveling at over 85 mph as it came into Hope. Officers, deputies from both counties and the trooper pursued the vehicle through town on Third St. (Highway 67).

The driver reduced his speed as he drove through town and finally came to a stop at the Sally-Port of the Hempstead County Detention Center. Law enforcement took Hawkins into custody and placed him in handcuffs. They attempted to get him to speak to them but he didn’t appear to comply. Pafford EMS checked Hawkins out before he was moved by deputies to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and transported to the Nevada County Jail.

No one from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was available for comment so we are unable to verify what Hawkins was charge with at this time.

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