FAULKNER COUNTY, AR – Two men are jailed after a wild police chase overnight.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) says it started in Mayflower and continued into Conway.
Deputies say one of the suspects fired shots that hit the windshield of an FCSO patrol car.
The man was driving a Mustang and reportedly fired 5 to 6 shots at officers during the midnight chase across Interstate 40.
There were no injuries.
The suspects are identified as Christoper Cummings, 28, and Harvey Martin, 45.
A news release issued Monday afternoon revealed details about how it happened.
At around midnight Monday, FCSO deputies pulled over a red Hyundai Sonata at the Valero gas station in Mayflower. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Washington County.
Kayla L. Thompson, 31, was arrested for the stolen vehicle.
A few minutes later deputies tried to make a traffic stop on a white mustang on Hwy. 89 and Hwy. 365 in Mayflower, which was being driven by suspects involved with the stolen Hyundai.
The vehicle pulled over, but before deputies could get to the vehicle, it took off and officers began chasing it. The pursuit led to Interstate 40, going from the Mayflower (135) exit to the Conway (127) exit.
The FCSO says the passenger shot at deputies while on the interstate several different times. While deputies were taking rounds to their patrol cars, their speed reached over 100 miles an hour on the interstate.
The vehicle then got off the interstate at exit 127 and then back on the interstate going the wrong way until the 125 exit. The vehicle headed south on Harkrider St. and turned on Oak St. towards downtown, crossing the railroad tracks. The pursuit continued through the streets of Conway where the motor in the mustang was smoking, and the chase ended at Clifton St. and Hairston Ave in Conway.
The pursuit ended with a short foot chase behind the apartments at Hairston Ave.
Both men are multi-time convicted felons. Cummings still had the pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest. Both men were taken to Conway Regional Medical Center for minor injuries and released.