JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who first gave police a false name ended up fleeing and being tased before being arrested, the report said.
At 12:27 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, Jonesboro Police Department’s Officer Trey Chism noticed a green pickup truck pulling a trailer with a driver’s side brake light and turn signal out as it was headed south down Caraway Road. The vehicle turned east on Highland Drive as Chism caught up to it, stopping it at Highland and Fair Park. He made contact with the driver, Charles Morris, and the passenger, who claimed he was “Glenn Tribble,” the report said.
Tribble didn’t match the man Chism was looking at and when confronted, the passenger, later identified as Kevin Scotty Morris, 46, of Hoxie, reportedly took off running east down Highland.
The report says the man ran into traffic and was almost struck by a truck. Chism chased after him. After making their way past traffic, Chism drew his taser and shouted “taser!” at the fleeing individual. He continued running, the report says. On the north side of Mid-South Plumbing, Morris was still running, so Chism deployed the taser.
Morris fell to the ground, hurting his right knee, left elbow and cutting his head open in the process. He was taken into custody without further incident, the report said. EMS was called and took Morris to St. Bernard’s Hospital. After he was treated and released, he was transported to Craighead County Detention Center.
He was cited for fleeing, obstruction, warrants for failure to appear and non-payment of fines, and was expected in court Monday afternoon. A hold from Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office was also placed on Kevin Morris.
The driver, Charles, was given a verbal warning for the defective equipment.