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07/04/2017

Fleeing Vehicle causes damage to patrol vehicle

On July 4th 2017 at approximately 9:00 P.M. Chief Deputy Larry Miller and Deputy Jeremy Hendrix were working patrol in the Rosston area. Deputies heard dispatch advised Prescott Police Lt. Alex Gamble of a vehicle coming into the city limits of Prescott being operated in a careless manner. Dispatch advised that the caller stated the vehicle was traveling in both lanes of the highway. Dispatch then advised Lt. Gamble that the vehicle was circling the parking lot at Central Baptist Church. Lt. Gamble advised he was behind the GMC Pickup on Rosston road in Prescott traveling south. The vehicle was traveling in both lanes and refusing to stop at the time. The vehicle continued out of Prescott on U.S. 371 south. Chief Deputy Miller and Hendrix setup just south of Laneburg with intentions of attempting to stop said vehicle with spike strips if needed. Lt Gamble advised that the suspect vehicle turned onto State Highway 53 and continued south. Chief Deputy Miller turned onto State Highway 372 making it to Highway 53 in time to get in front of the fleeing vehicle. Chief Deputy Miller was able to warn on-coming motorist and keep the pursuit at a slow speed.

Deputy Hendrix caught up with the other units on Highway 53 and assisted in the pursuit. Deputies attempted to bring the fleeing vehicle to a stop several times with the suspect attempting to strike the patrol units. The suspect vehicle was driving reckless going from one ditch to the other during the pursuit. Approximately 1.5 miles north of U.S. 278 the suspect vehicle rammed Chief Deputy Miller's Dodge Ram pickup on the right rear and then accelerated and and struck Miller's patrol vehicle in the side pushing him into the ditch on the west side of Highway 53. The vehicle also made contact with Hendrix push bumper on his Ford Explorer causing minor damage.

The pursuit continued down Highway 53 with the suspect vehicle traveling from one ditch to the other and at times running off into the ditch.

Arkansas State Police deployed spike strips on Highway 53 just south of Falcon with the vehicle continuing on for approximately 3 miles into Lafayette County before becoming disabled. The suspect identified as W/M Brett Thomas from Cookeville, Tn was taking into custody at the scene. Thomas was transported by Lafayette County Ambulance to the Magnolia Hospital and was later turned over to Nevada County Sheriff. Thomas is being held at the Nevada County Detention facility for first appearance on the charges of fleeing by vehicle and for aggravated assault.