Suspect hits two officers while fleeing in car

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man is facing a litany of misdemeanor and felony charges for not listening to police commands and instead, attempting to get away.

Officers responded to 405 Garden Manor apartments at about 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning. Officer Trey Chism was the first on the scene, the incident report said, responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. While he approached the suspicious vehicle, it sped toward him. Other officers could hear Chism shouting, “Stop! Police!” but the commands were ignored. The car clipped Chism’s left leg as it passed him.

With another officer now at the location attempting to block the exit, the suspect again did not stop and drove into a patrol car’s passenger side.

At this point, other officers had entered the fray and were pursuing the fleeing vehicle, which sped down Johnson Avenue at speeds of about 85 miles per hour, the report said.

The chase actually ended at the Garden Manor location, where it began. Officers stopped the man after he struck a support beam.

When police laid eyes on the suspect, he was wearing only swimming trunks.

The suspect, Deandre Williams, 20, of Jonesboro, was arrested and taken to Craighead County Detention Center. He faces charges including two felony counts of aggravated assault, fleeing in a vehicle, theft by receiving $1000-$5000, reckless driving, fictitious tags, no license, no liability insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and theft by receiving, less than $1000.

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