JONESBORO, Ark. – He may have gotten away from police but the police got his motorcycle away from him – and he won’t get it back until he is arrested.
At 11:51 p.m. Tuesday night, Jonesboro Officer Daniel Gifford was driving west bound on Parker Road near the intersection of South Culberhouse Road when he spotted a motorcycle traveling very fast east bound. Clocked at 70 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone, the biker passed the officer at almost double the speed limit. The officer turned around to begin a traffic stop but that’s when he said he heard the driver give it gas and proceed to speed away.
The officer turned his emergency lights off and followed at a safe distance. Other units were advised of the suspect motorcycle turning south onto Harrisburg Road. The officer reported seeing the vehicle pass others on a double yellow line.
Eventually, after fleeing for some time, the biker came to ditch his motorcycle in the driveway of 908 New Hope Lane. A pickup truck with the door open and a jacket matching the suspect’s in the seat was also noticed by police.
Officer Dalton Shannon, assisting Gifford with the attempted stop, made contact with a resident, Teresa Mitchusson, who initially gave consent to search the home. However, Brandon Heath Gardner, also a resident of the home, came from the neighbors and according to the report, wasn’t cooperative.
“(Gardner), who had been next door, then became angry and started yelling that we didn’t have a right to go in the house or be on the property,” Shannon reported. “When I asked (Mitchusson) to complete a permission to search form, she then denied and withdrew consent. (Gardner) then stated that we knew whose bike it was and that it belonged to his friend, Frank Macon.”
The two became even less cooperative in the moments that followed, telling officers to “get off their property.” Police refused until the motorcycle was towed from the scene. Mitchusson stated she would go inside and get her gun to defend her property because she felt threatened that they were there, Shannon reported. Then, Gardner blocked the driveway with his pickup and drug a chain to the motorcycle, in some effort to prevent the officers from taking it.
“To prevent further conflict and attempt to deescalate the situation, we moved the motorcycle by hand into the street off their property,” Shannon reported, adding that the two continued yelling at police until the bike was towed.
The suspect, Frank Allen Macon, 48, of Jonesboro, faces misdemeanors for reckless driving, speeding, running a stop sign, fleeing, driving without a license, fictitious tags, improper passing and no proof of liability.
His 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was impounded by JPD.