Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on Friday, July 3 a Pine Bluff resident and his passenger were arrested after evading law enforcement officials.
According to Cassell, 56 year old Michael Williams of Pine Bluff and 58 year old Corrine Lea Gaily of Marshall were arrested after the couple encountered Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce and Deputy Justin Flint in the Morning Star area.
The couple encountered Pierce and Flint on a narrow part of the roadway, so law enforcement pulled to the side and stopped allowing Williams' vehicle to pass. Prior to Williams driving past law enforcement, Williams left the roadway and then drove back on to the roadway.
Pierce turned on his emergency lights and got out of his vehicle in an attempt to stop Williams' vehicle. Instead of stopping, Williams drove past Pierce and headed north of Red Oak. At that point, Pierce re-entered his vehicle and began to pursue Williams.
When Williams approached a certain residence on Red Oak, he stopped his vehicle. Gailey left the vehicle and approached the residence. When Pierce encountered her, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Gailey was turned over to Searcy County Deputy Troy Dye who had arrived on scene with Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger and K-9 Deputy Vader.
After Williams was taken into custody, they proceeded to search him. Deputies found a bag containing a crystal like substance believed to be crystal meth in Williams' pants pocket.
Williams, who is on parole under active supervision, was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where is was charged with misdemeanor charges including DWI, fleeing, no seatbelt and careless driving and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
A parole hold was placed on Williams by Probation and Parole. He is currently awaiting a July 31 court date.
Gailey was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with public intoxication. She is scheduled to appear in Searcy County District Court on August 11.