Update (3:30 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A local man is jailed on a string of charges after police say he crashed a stolen car into a daycare.
Police say Mario Greer, 29, led officers on a chase after breaking out the window of a 2015 Nissan Altima that had been left running outside the America’s Best Value Inn on Scott Hamilton Drive.
The chase proceeded down Scott Hamilton, to Baseline, then Doyle Springs before Greer got onto the I-30 eastbound access road going the wrong way. Police say when he tried to turn onto National Drive he lost control and crashed into the Full Potential Learning Academy.
When Greer ran into a part of the building where construction work was underway, police had to evacuate the area to find him.
A police K-9 found him hiding in a corner. Greer reportedly first refused to get on the ground to be placed under arrest and didn’t comply until the K-9 was sent after him again and he ran into the dog’s handler while trying to get away and was then forced to the ground and arrested.
According to the police report, Greer had a small cut on his elbow and refused treatment at the scene but officers had him treated by paramedics.
After Greer was taken to jail, police say he told them he had swallowed some narcotics. He was then taken to UAMS for treatment but once there refused treatment and was released after observation.
Greer was charged with: theft by receiving, fleeing, resisting arrest, running a stop sign twice, driving the wrong way on a one way, hit and run with property damage, suspended driver’s license, endangering the welfare of a minor (due to the children inside the daycare), attempt to influence a public servant. On Greer’s arrest record there was a hold for parole noted.
A woman in the car with Greer was cited for obstruction, according to the police report.
Original story (12:30 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A man running from police has crashed his vehicle into a local daycare.
It happened shortly after 11 a.m. Friday at 8109 Interstate 30 on the city’s southwest side.
Police say after the driver wrecked the vehicle, he ran inside the Full Potential Daycare into a portion of the building that is unoccupied due to construction. The area is locked off from the primary portion used for the daycare.
Officers immediately notified the school and they went into their lockdown procedures.
The suspect was never in contact with the students or staff.
He and a female passenger who remained in the vehicle, were taken into custody without incident.
Police have not yet released details on who the suspect is or why they were chasing him.