UPDATE (3:07 p.m.):
The man injured in the police chase later died due to injuries sustained from the accident, police said.
He was identified by authorities as Mashaud Richardson.
The surviving suspect (the driver of the truck) now faces charges of aggravated robbery, fleeing and first-degree murder, police said.
POPE COUNTY, Ark. – A person injured in a police chase early Wednesday morning is hospitalized in critical condition in Little Rock.
That’s according to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) in a news release issued several hours after the incident.
The PCSO says a man is also in custody in the case that involves two other crimes.
It all started around 3:25 a.m. after deputies were called to a robbery and carjacking that had just happened on U.S. Highway 64 around the 78 Mile Marker Exit of Interstate 40 (between London and Russellville).
The victim reported that two black males standing by a vehicle flagged him down and when he stopped to help they held him at gunpoint, took his wallet and his vehicle.
Minutes after a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) was broadcast, two officers with the Russellville Police Department that were stationed at the 81 Exit saw a black truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle pass them.
The officers tried to pull the truck over but the driver would not stop and kept going for about another minute when the vehicle crashed after trying to take the 84 Exit.
The driver jumped out and tried to run away but was caught a couple of minutes later. He has been identified as Robert Rashaud Blake, 20. He was treated and released at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and then taken to the Pope County Detention Center.
The passenger, whose name had not yet been released, is hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center.
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the accident.