Man flees authorities; suspected of hitting woman, report says

JONESBORO, Ark. – After authorities tried to stop a man and he fled, they made several startling discoveries which may explain his decision.

At 2:27 a.m. Thursday morning at the intersection of Parker and Harrisburg roads in Jonesboro, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant David Bailey began a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Equinox. The vehicle had license plates matching a blue Chrysler Sebring, Bailey reported, but as he approached the vehicle, he heard the gears shift and it sped away at a high rate of speed. Bailey jumped back into his patrol unit and radioed to dispatch. 

The vehicle turned onto Culberhouse and eventually made its way to Valley Drive. There, the driver fled on foot but a female passenger was found. She was pregnant, she said, and officers noticed bruises apparent on her face and arms. She said they came from being physically struck by the driver who had fled, Brandon Deshawn Johnson, 32, of Osceola. The female victim also said he was the father of her pregnancy.

Police noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Authorities learned Johnson was on parole and had a small amount of weed on him when he fled, the report says.

The female victim refused to be taken to a women’s shelter. She had a suspended license and thus, the vehicle was towed. The report says she was released from the scene.

A K9 track was unsuccessful in locating Johnson.

If you can lead authorities to Johnson, contact Crime Stoppers at 870-935-7867. Tips can be anonymous.

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