According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell two separate incidents occurring in Searcy County led to the arrest of 50 year old Marshall resident, Arlis W. Sutterfield.
Cassell said the first incident involving Sutterfield occurred on July 24 when Arkansas Probation and Parole Officer Cody Cassell noticed Sutterfield parked near a cemetery at the end of Jiffy Road. Cassell conducted a welfare check on Sutterfield and immediately noticed that Sutterfield was acting nervous.
Cassell asked Sutterfield if he had anything illegal on him and Sutterfield stated that he did not. After some pointed questions by Cassell, Sutterfield gave Cassell a small nylon case that contained a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. Eventually, Sutterfield admitted to Cassell the substance in the case was amphetamine.
Sutterfield was charged with felony possession of meth or cocaine LT 2GM.
On August 16, Sutterfield's ex-wife, contacted the Searcy County Sheriff's Office and stated that her ex-husband, Arlis W. Sutterfield, had been harassing her through phone calls and text messages. Law enforcement knew there was currently an Order of Protection in place against Sutterfield in connection with his ex-wife.
On August 18, Sheriff Cassell saw Sutterfield driving north on Hwy. 27 near the Hwy. 74 intersection and attempted to make a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Sutterfield fled from the Sheriff. During the pursuit, Sutterfield was driving recklessly to avoid being stopped. When Sheriff Cassell lost sight of Sutterfield, he terminated the pursuit.
After the pursuit, and several hours later, Sutterfield contacted Officer Cody Cassell via cell phone and turned himself into Searcy County deputies on S. Maumee Road.
Sutterfield was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing and during the booking procedure became combative with jail staff. During the altercation, Searcy County Detention Officer Caleb Horn sustained an injury to his neck.
Sutterfield was charged with felony fleeing, felony 2nd degree battery, injury to correctional officer in the line of duty and violating a protection order, which is a misdemeanor.
Sutterfield was transported to Stone County Detention Center for holding until his next court date. Officers assisting Sheriff Cassell and Officer Cassell included Deputy Bill Cordell, Deputy Troy Dye, Deputy Justin Flint and Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce.