JONESBORO, Ark. – A law enforcement officer was involved in a destructive accident Thursday afternoon in Jonesboro and it may have been caused by the actions of a suspect who was trying to escape.
A Jonesboro Police Officer was injured in a wreck at about 5:22 p.m. on Johnson Avenue near Culberhouse in Jonesboro when his patrol unit overturned as he was driving a prisoner to the jail. The officer was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Jonesboro Fire Department.
The prisoner fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later. Amateur video captured by Kelly Gregson Taylor and shared on Facebook shows the suspect running with civilians and police both chasing after him.
The officer involved in the accident is Patrolman Justin Thompson, who has been with the department since December of 2015. He is currently at a Memphis hospital. He is conscious and talking but is still undergoing tests to determine the nature and extent of his injuries.
The suspect, identified as Logan Younger,
19, was treated at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center and released. He has been taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he is being held on the charges of Escape 3rd Degree, Public Intoxication, Fleeing on Foot and Minor in Possession. Younger is being held at this time awaiting a Probable Cause hearing.
Officer Thompson encountered Younger when Officer Thompson responded to a call at the Mall at Turtle Creek of an intoxicated person at which time Younger was arrested for Public Intoxication and Minor in Possession.