We have an update to Monday morning’s vehicle chase that ended in the Salem community outside of the Benton city limits. There were two suspects arrested and one who fled on foot.
As of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021 the Arkansas State Police is seeking a warrant for the arrest of a driver of a black Dodge Charger. The driver of this vehicle fled from troopers during a pursuit that began Monday, December 27, about 5:05 a.m., in west Little Rock on Interstate 430 southbound.
Law enforcement continued pursuit of the vehicle, into Saline County along westbound Interstate 30. The vehicle exited the interstate onto Arkansas Highway 5. A short time later, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash near Salem Road and Pebble Lake Road.
Two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody, however the driver fled the crash scene on foot and was the subject of a manhunt that continued most of the day.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Department assisted troopers during the search.
An investigation of the pursuit that will result in criminal charges is continuing.
If you have any information that might lead to the arrest of the suspect, contact Arkansas State Police at (501) 618-8282 or click to Email.
PREVIOUSLY DEC 27, 2021
Regarding the Salem vehicle chase and foot pursuit from Monday morning, we are working on getting you the CORRECT answer. The only thing we can publish right now is that there was a vehicle that passed an Arkansas State Trooper at a very high speed, somewhere around 5 a.m., December 27th. Law enforcement pursued the vehicle.
The details after that are waiting to be confirmed.
I know that in the digital age, the public is used to knowing the story right away, but that is not always the case. Many times when you see something in the news, it’s a day or more after it happened.
Officers have to write a report and their supervisor approves it and then they might release information to the press. Even after that process, it’s sometimes not all the info, because they don’t want to tip off someone who is still on the loose. When you do get all the info, it’s only what law enforcement officials wrote in the report.
I can’t speak for all media, but I personally am doing my best to get out the most info I can, and getting it out when it’s beneficial to publish. I’m also trying to make sure it’s correct.
Things you hear on the emergency radio may be close to the truth, but may not be gospel. It is usually just what a bystander witness thought they saw, and they reported it to a 911 operator. Even if you are seeing and hearing things first-hand, it’s normally not the whole story.
Side note – I really appreciate MySaline readers. People message me all the time, starting with, ” I’m sorry to bother you but…” You are not bothering me. It’s my job. It’s the reason I started this business. However it’s just me reporting the news, not a big staff in a big building. I’m out here doing my best.
So although I’m saying for everyone to be patient and we’ll get you the info, I’m also saying your communication to MySaline is often what helps us to be in top of the story. If you ever have info or see if hear something, feel free to contact us!
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Most just want to know if he/she/they are still at large.
Shelli Poole says
The suspect was still on the loose as of 11 am. I have not received an update from State Police.