Fleeing leads to arrest
On the evening of Sunday, April 25 while on patrol, Searcy County Deputies assisted the Marshall Police with a complaint call concerning a 4-wheeler driving down Spring Street.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, deputies went down Hwy. 27 south in case the 4-wheeler traveled in that direction and found the 4-wheeler in a ditch. When officers began to step out of their vehicles, the 4-wheeler, driven by 27 year old Derek Still of Marshall, left the ditch at a high rate of speed traveling towards Marshall. Officers noted that Stills was driving erratically at speeds of 50-60 mph.
A Searcy County deputy attempted to block the highway in an attempt to stop Still, but Still was able to avoid him and continued to flee. When deputies caught up with Still and attempted to block him, Still ran off in a ditch came back up and nearly struck a patrol unit and continued to flee law enforcement officials. When Still crashed the 4-wheeler near Marshall, he began to run on foot. During the foot chase, Still removed a pouch he had clipped to his belt and tossed it away.
During the pursuit, Still was caught and placed under arrest. While emptying his pockets, a syringe with a clear substance was found. Officers found the pouch that contained a crystal like substance and a digital scale.
Still was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center and while in the booking area, officials found a vape smoking device on Still.
Still, who is on probation with Arkansas Community Corrections, has multiple warrants out for his arrest in Searcy County. He was charged with felony fleeing, misdemeanor reckless driving, unlawful operation of public streets and highways, felony possession of meth or cocaine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, felony tampering with physical evidence and as a habitual offender.
He is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on May 25.