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Teenager arrested following pursuit


 Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on May 12, a Pindall teenager was arrested after fleeing in his vehicle when Deputy Logan Baker attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

  Cassell said the teenager was driving south on Hwy. 65 when Baker attempted to stop him. Baker chased the teenager from Pindall Grove Road to Pindall Ridge Road and Jasper Yell Road onto Dugger Road where he lost sight of the fleeing vehicle.

  Baker next spotted the teenager driving on Hwy. 65 at a high rate of speed. At this time, the vehicle ran off the road and struck a fence on Hwy. 65. Baker made contact with the teen but the teen did not respond and left again and almost struck a man who was walking near the wooden fence struck by the teen. The teen continued down Pindall Ridge Road and barely avoided a head on collision with a small vehicle that was westbound on Pindall Ridge Road.

  Due to the recklessness and high rate of speed, Baker backed off the pursuit. Newton County deputies came across the teen's parents who told them the teen was afraid to stop because he was afraid of getting his vehicle towed. The deputies were able to get the location of the teen, who was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Faulkner County.

  In Searcy County, the teen was charged with felony fleeing and fictitious tags, reckless driving, no seat belts and driving without a driver's license, which are misdemeanor charges.

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