|Updated: 12/22/2012 1:08 pm
||Published: 12/22/2012 12:58 pm
IMBODEN, AR – A man facing bank robbery charges is now expected to also face charges of escape after a brief period of freedom Saturday. It all began just before 11:00am, as the inmate was being moved from a cell for visitation.
Authorities tell us Randall Morris of Ravenden, ran out a back door at the Lawrence County Jail then stole a truck from the nearby neighborhood. An alert Walnut Ridge police officer heard radio traffic about the escape, spotted the fleeing fugitive and began pursuit. The chase soon involved other local, county and state law enforcement. The chase reportedly reached speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour as it continued along Highway 412, passing through Portia, Black Rock and Imboden. Several vehicles were forced off the road but there are no reports of any inuries.
Morris lost control of the yellow truck he was in and slammed into a tree just north of Imboden, where he was taken into custody. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy, Randall Morris was in jail on bank robbery charges stemming from a hold-up back in July of this year in Imboden.