JONESBORO, Ark. – A Craighead County deputy was involved with a chase that ended with a man on a motorcycle losing control and being arrested.
At about 1:36 AM Tuesday, July 9, Deputy Troy Hess was driving east on Johnson and noticed a motorcycle turn north onto N. Floyd Street from Johnson. The deputy wasn’t able to see if the motorcycle had a license plate, he reported, so he tried to catch up but still couldn’t read the tag.
Then, he said the motorcyclist turned around, saw him, then turned back around and slung his backpack over his shoulders. He then sped away, going at least 47 MPH in a 35 zone, the deputy said. Hess initiated his emergency lights but the motorcycle continued to drive to the end of North Floyd and turned around in the entrance to the trailer park at 1305 N Floyd.
“Once he turned around I could hear the motorcycle take off in what appeared to me as an attempt to flee the traffic stop,” Hess wrote.
So he turned around and started the pursuit, calling it into Jonesboro dispatch. The motorcycle got all the way back to Johnson and turned west, then eventually turning south onto Gee Street. The biker continued south until turning east on Matthews, south onto Chestnut then back west onto Warner. At the intersection of Gee St. and Warner, it turned around in a business parking lot in an attempt to go back east on Warner. That’s where the driver lost control.
“I turned around behind the motorcycle and the suspect had picked the motorcycle back up and attempted to run with the motorcycle beside him east on Warner,” Hess wrote. “I exited my vehicle and ordered the suspect to get on the ground and he complied. Wrist restraints were applied to the suspect without incident.”
The suspect was identified as Dontra Clevon Webb, 26, of Jonesboro. He refused medical attention several times, the deputy said. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center on misdemeanor charges of fleeing, reckless driving, no liability insurance, speeding, and no motorcycle endorsement.
Also reported by Craighead County Sheriff’s Office:
Between Friday night and this morning, a farmer had one battery stolen in a field on County Road 625 and two batteries stolen on County Road 635. They were rice well batteries and were Extreme Energy Brand. The cost was $50.00 each.
The man advised there were not tracks around the wells, but they had a lot of people driving 4-wheelers around the area.
If you have any information about the crime, contact Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP (7867)